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Internet, Power and Semantics

Millions of links are shared on Twitter each day.

A fraction of these links end up in my timeline, shared (and sometimes authored) by the accounts I follow. Most of the time, they point me to great articles I might have missed otherwise.

Below you can find links to some of these articles.

I have selected them for their originality and relevance. They have all been brought to my attention via Twitter and provide crucial insights into various issues  related to the internet:

I urge you to read them now. All of them.

Film industry and internet – social media as a transformer of business

Screens internet social media transformation of film businessWhy the recurrent focus on the film industry? Let me tell you where I come from.

Over a decade ago, I have started working in the film industry in what qualifies easily as a dream job: programming and acquisition for an independent film distribution. My actual work experience with movies had started much earlier, when selling tickets in a local movie theatre, but it was with the film distribution that I really plunged in, attended film festivals all over the world and learnt about the trade. A trade, an industry, fairly untouched yet by the internet. No social media yet.

Since then, a lot has changed: social media has arrived. So has broad band internet. Digitalisation everywhere. Piracy has become an issue. Continue reading

[French] Industrie de Cinéma et Internet – l’influence des réseaux sociaux

Exceptionally, this article is in French. English speaking readers might want to read “Film industry and internet – social media as a transformer of business”.

Industrie de Cinéma et Internet - l'influence des réseaux sociauxPourquoi internet et les réseaux sociaux représentent un enjeu crucial pour l’industrie de cinéma indépendant? Quels points sont à considérer lors des réflexions autour une présence digitale?

A ce sujet, j’ai été invitée à donner une conférence chez Fonction:Cinéma, une structure qui vise à encourager la création cinématographique indépendante à Genève et en Suisse romande. Continue reading

“Adult” TLD .xxx is just the beginning

Do you watch internet pornography? Chances are you do: worldwide, there are 72 million visitors monthly to pornographic web sites, and 42.7% of internet users view adult entertainment.

Before you start arguing about statistics, their meaning, their biases, know this: I agree with being critical – but the point I’m trying to make doesn’t depend on the figures.

A lot of online adult entertainment is watched by a lot of people. That’s a fact. Just check out the most popular sites of your country, and you will probably find a couple of pornographic sites among the top 50. They occurr usually clustered, starting e.g. around position 40 for the US, position 30 for France and Great Britain, position 25 for Germany, and position 20 for Switzerland and Italy at the time of writing.

Another fact: The ICANN has authorized, a few months ago, the (sponsored) top-level domain .xxx – after a decade of debate. Continue reading