Subway Network, More Public Transport and Air Routes in Government’s Pipeline
Phnom Penh, November 16, 2023 --The Royal Government of Cambodia is further expanding public transport, firming up a subway network, and increasing air routes.Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet shared the plans when presiding over the official inauguration of the Twin Dragon Bridge connecting National Road 1 to Koh Norea development area and the cable-stayed concrete bridge connecting Koh Norea to Koh Pich satellite city in Phnom Penh in the afternoon of Nov. 15.Promoting public transportation means and infrastructure is a top priority of the Royal Government of Cambodia to ease mobility and expand key cities.With a green approach centred around the reduction of emissions and environmental conservation, the endeavour will serve as a backbone and accelerate inclusive and sustainable growth.The Royal Government of the 7th legislature of National Assembly is focusing on five key priorities: people, roads, water, electricity, and technology.
API Linkage on Investor ID Online and Trading Account Online Launched
Phnom Penh, October 25, 2023 --Securities and Exchange Regulator of Cambodia (SERC) and Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) signed on here today the API (Application programming interface) linkage on investor ID online of Securities and Exchange Regulator of Cambodia and opening trading account online of Cambodia Securities Exchange.The linkage will make it possible to open a trading account promptly, especially online trading accounts, according to a statement.The linkage makes a complete creation of an online trading account opening system, where investors can quickly request an investor identification number and open a single account, read the statement.Investors will get securities trading accounts instantly and efficiently. After getting an account, investors can deposit money into a trading account and start investing immediately, it said.H.E. Hong Sok Hour, CEO of CSX, said that the securities market is growing rapidly, with the number of investors sharply increasing by about 40 percent in 2023 to about 13,000 accounts and is expected to increase to about 100 percent to roughly 30,000 and 50,000 accounts in 2024 after launching trading accounts online.“While we can open trading accounts immediately and easily, most stock prices are so cheap and attractive that I can call it a golden opportunity for investors,” H.E. Hong Sok Hour underlined.CSX has received a total of 20 listed companies, including 11 equity firms and nine corporate bond firms, collecting a total capital of US$330 million.
MPWT, AI Technology Pte. Ltd. Discuss Cooperation in AI Modernisation in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, October 17, 2023 --Cambodia’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) and AI Technology Pte. Ltd. has discussed the possibility of cooperation in the modernisation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in contribution to Cambodia's infrastructure development.The discussion took place here on Oct. 16 between H.E. Peng Ponea, Minister of Public Works and Transport and Mr. Lim Hua Nam, Director General of AI Technology Pte. Ltd.According to MPWT, the cooperation will contribute to the development of road, railway and waterway in Cambodia, with an aim to modernise the sector of public works and transport with high resilience in accordance with the digital society.Such the cooperation will also contribute to the Pentagonal Strategy-Phase I of the Royal Government of Cambodia,
Switzerland to Assist Cambodian Technical Training
Phnom Penh, October 11, 2023 --Switzerland has vowed to assist Cambodia in training technical skills to further develop the capacity of Cambodian youth.The commitment was made by H.E. Pedro Zwahlen, Ambassador of Switzerland to Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos, during a meeting with H.E. Heng Suor, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training, here in Phnom Penh on Oct. 9.H.E. Heng Suor recalled Switzerland's contribution to technical skill training for Cambodian trainers and trainees.The capacity development covers green technical training in the north-eastern part of Cambodia, air conditioner maintenance and repair, electrical installation for buildings, motorcycle repair, lime and brick work, and general repair.The minister spoke highly of the support since 2017 that has enabled the trained Cambodian youths to secure decent jobs through the National Employment Agency (NEA) of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.The two also discussed the draft law on Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), whose technical details will be reviewed in the near future.
Fintech Development Policy Gives Impetus to Cambodia’s Digital Economy and Society Development
Phnom Penh, October 04, 2023 --The Cambodia Financial Technology Development Policy 2023-2028 will give an impetus to the development of Cambodia’s digital economy and society, said H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance.He made the remarks in a dissemination workshop on “Cambodia Financial Technology Development Policy 2023-2028” at Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh Hotel on Oct. 4.“I firmly believe that the implementation of the policy with high efficiency will help Cambodia to benefit in advance from digitalisation in the financial sector and to provide opportunities to all parties to contribute impetus to the development of Cambodia’s digital economy and society,” H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth said.The Digital Economy and Business Committee (DEBC) organised the workshop with an aim to widely disseminate the policy in the spirit of promoting the implementation of the policy and continuing to promote the development of FinTech in Cambodia.The workshop was attended by high-ranking officials who are representatives from relevant ministries, public institutions and regulators, embassies, banking and financial institutions, educational institutions, insurance companies, local and international private companies, and other relevant associations.In the process of policy formulation, it pointed out, the DEBC has previously organised five workshops to gather valuable input to ensure the conciseness, flexibility, and inclusiveness of the Policy.The five workshops include (1) The National Consultation Workshop on Policy and Direction of Cambodia's FinTech, (2) The Role of Insurance Sector and FinTech in Digital Economy in Cambodia, (3) The Role of Banking Sector and FinTech in Digital Economy in Cambodia, (4) The FinTech Stage of Cambodia Tech Expo 2022, and (5) The Roles of Decentralised Finance and Data Protection Framework in FinTech Development in Cambodia.
Cambodia Kick-Started Digital Community, Try It
Phnom Penh, September 28, 2023 --The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has officially launched the Digital Community of Cambodia to promote a pool of digital experts, networking, and knowledge sharing and expansion in the area.H.E. Chea Vandeth, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, presided over the launch of the digital community on Sept. 27 at the Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology.The minister noted that the community will play a crucial role in Cambodia's digital technology human resource development, both within and outside the country.The initiative will ensure the success of the Cambodian Digital Government Policy 2022–2035 rollout and contribute significantly to the realisation of the overarching Pentagonal Strategy Phase I of the Royal Government, he added.It will support the government in identifying, supplying, and engaging digital professionals and workforce for sectors across the country, as well as promoting the digital government.While assisting educational institutions to develop students' digital knowledge, experience, and skills, the community will serve as a connection between qualified candidates for jobs, especially in the private sector.For digital talents and experts, the community will provide them with networking opportunities both to obtain new knowledge and skills and to further advance them.H.E. Chea Vandeth called on all the players and the public to take advantage of the initiative by exploring the digital community's website (https://dcc.gov.kh) and reaching out to the team in charge for detailed information.
S. Korea Assists in Digital Education Training for Cambodian Teachers
Phnom Penh, September 26, 2023 --The Republic of Korea has assisted Cambodia in providing digital education training on "E-Learning Programme for Cambodian Teachers."The training took place in Busan, RoK, from Sept. 18 to 24, with the participation of 20 Cambodian teachers and education staff, including six women, from the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports and schools.Organised by RoK's Busan Educational Department in collaboration with Cambodia's Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, the training aimed to promote the use of IT to facilitate teaching and learning.Through the training, Cambodian teachers have attained new knowledge and experience responsive to the industrial revolution 4.0 in the education sector, said Mr. Sok Tha, Director of IT Department of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports.He thanked RoK's Busan Educational Department for organising the important training for Cambodian teachers, with particular focus on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the artificial study of the metaverse, and coding.The collaboration between Cambodia's Education Ministry and RoK's Busan Educational Department has significantly contributed to reducing the digital gap in Cambodia's education and supporting the ministry's reforms on the development of educational staff capacity.
Cambodia, Vietnam Vow to Foster Information Collaboration
Phnom Penh, September 22, 2023 --Cambodia and Vietnam are committed to further promoting their collaboration on information and broadcasting, especially on the fight against fake news.H.E. Neth Pheaktra, Cambodian Minister of Information, and H.E. Nguyen Manh Hung, Vietnamese Minister of Information and Communications, made the commitment during their bilateral talks in Da Nang, Vietnam on Sept. 21, on the sidelines of the 16th Conference of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI) and related meetings.The Cambodian information minister underlined the significance of information cooperation and strengthening of the news quality, adding that in the context of digital society, the current trend in people's access to information is through modern media, especially through the social media like TikTok, Facebook and so on.While providing fast and rich contents, social media also provokes information pollution through ill-will fake news that negatively affects social stability and causes distrusts among people, emphasised H.E. Minister.H.E. Nguyen Manh Hung recalled the good cooperation between the two ministries in human resource training; and reaffirmed that Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications is ready to help develop Cambodian information human resources.From his end, H.E. Neth Pheaktra thanked and spoke highly of the Vietnamese information ministry's assistance to Cambodian information ministry in capacity building and broadcasting material support.Both sides agreed to further coordinate the establishment of information gate between the two neighbouring countries.At the end of the meeting, H.E. Neth Pheaktra and H.E. Nguyen Manh Hung signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of information and broadcasting.
Telecom operators enhance compliance with mobile subscriber information standards
Currently, to comply with regulations regarding mobile subscriber information updates, telecommunication companies in Cambodia are expediting the process of standardizing information for customers. This ensures that the personal information of both new and active mobile subscribers is authenticated. According to regulations, standardizing mobile subscriber information along with registering subscribers under their true identities will enhance the effectiveness of management efforts, thoroughly address issues such as spam SIM cards and fraudulent documentations.This is also a solution to safeguard the legitimate rights of customers and curtail disputes over numbers, especially concerning attractive phone numbers when subscribers fail to register accurate information. This will subsequently minimize instances of spam messages/calls and fraudulent messages/calls. To swiftly achieve this goal, telecommunication networks are expediting the process of standardizing customer information. At their stores or sales points, these networks have been fully equipped with comprehensive visual media regarding subscriber information updates. Furthermore, to contribute to accelerating the pace of subscriber information standardization, these network providers are also reaching out to coordinate with local authorities in various locations; announcements are made through loudspeakers and robust communication is carried out on social media platforms.According to a representative of Metfone Company, in order to strictly comply with the state regulations on updating authentic subscriber information, Metfone has been actively expediting the process of registering authentic subscriber information for customers. Moreover, to encourage and effectively spread awareness, the company has also introduced a variety of programs and support policies for customers, such as offering incentives like mobile internet data when successfully updating subscriber information. Currently, many countries and regions are imposing stricter regulations on updating mobile subscriber information. This reflects the overall trend of ensuring personal data security and more effective management in the telecommunications industry./.
ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest 2023 Kicks Off In Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh, August 27, 2023 --The ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest 2023 (ABU ROBOCON 2023) kicked off here at the Morodok Techo National Stadium on Aug. 27.The opening ceremony was presided over by H.E. Neth Pheaktra, Minister of Information and H.E. Heng Sour, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training.Organised by the General Department of National Television of Cambodia (TVK) of the Ministry of Information, the event is aimed to seek annual championships and offer opportunities for students from various countries to demonstrate their technological capabilities and share experiences among the youth.The champions of 13 countries and regions, equivalent to 14 teams, including Cambodia (2 teams), China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam participated in the regional competition.All teams compete under the theme “Casting Flowers over Angkor Wat”.The ABU ROBOCON is an Asian-Oceanian college robot competition, founded in 2002 by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. In the competition, robots compete to complete a task within a set period of time.Cambodia has joined in the ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest since 2017, but has organised its national Robocon since 2014. The Kingdom has won best idea award and special award in 2017, 2nd runner-up and special award in 2018, and 5th award and special award in 2020.
Australia to target Google and Yahoo under internet piracy crackdown
The federal government will target search engines as it expands a crackdown on internet piracy, making it harder for Australians to illegally download free movies and music.In a move hailed by the Australian film industry, the government on Thursday introduced legislation to parliament that would effectively expand the list of websites that companies could seek to have blocked.Under existing laws introduced in 2015, copyright holders can seek an order from the federal court that requires internet service providers to block access to infringing websites.More than one third of music consumers still pirate musicRead moreThe new laws propose to expand this so that complainants could also seek an injunction requiring search engines such as Google and Yahoo to remove or demote search results for piracy websites.Those websites would be considered to have “the primary purpose or primary effect” of infringing on copyright, according to the legislation. The new laws would also allow copyright holders to more easily have mirror sites for piracy websites blocked.Thursday’s announcement comes after a campaign from Australia’s film and television industry, most prominently Foxtel and Village Roadshow. The latter has previously argued that pirates were “facilitated by Google and other search engines” to circumvent Australian laws.Ramon Lobato, a senior research fellow at RMIT’s school of media and communication, said the proposed changes would “significantly expand the scope of the existing site-blocking regime”.“The government is proposing to allow blocking of additional platforms, including cloud storage sites [cyberlockers] that are used for piracy,” he told Guardian Australia. “This could be complex to implement, given that cyberlockers are multifunctional and have both licit and illicit uses. The devil will be in the detail here.In a parliamentary submission earlier in the year, Foxtel had also requested the ability to get an urgent injunction to block sites hosting illegal streams of sporting events broadcast on its channels. So-called “live blocking” is in place in the UK.The government did not allude to such a power on Thursday when announcing the new laws and the legislation did not appear to address the issue.A Foxtel spokesman said: “Foxtel welcomes the introduction of the government’s newly proposed copyright amendment bill, which will strengthen the ability of the creative industry to combat the scourge of online piracy.”The communications minister, Mitch Fifield, said on Thursday he did not want the financial support provided to the nation’s creative industries to be “undone by allowing local creators to be victims of online piracy”.“Online piracy is theft,” he said. “Downloading or streaming a pirated movie or TV show is no different to stealing a DVD from a shop.”'We're told to be grateful we even have readers': pirated ebooks threaten the future of book seriesRead moreThe rise of paid streaming services such as Spotify, Netflix and Stan – which offer a relatively cheap way for consumers to legally access music, films and TV shows – have put a dent in the public’s appetite to access piracy websites.In February, research commissioned by the Australian Screen Association – which lobbies for anti-piracy laws – found visits to piracy websites had fallen by half in a year. It followed the new laws that led to the blocking of websites such as the Pirate Bay.Separate figures released by the Department of Communication in August found the copyright infringement rates for TV series, movies and music had fallen, but increased slightly for video game piracy.Google was contacted for comment.
Tech bosses could face criminal cases over online harm, warns UK minister
Addressing the wider tech industry, Dorries said: “Remove your harmful algorithms today and you will not be subjected – named individuals – to criminal liability and prosecution.”Dorries was speaking to a parliamentary joint committee scrutinising the draft bill, which aims to impose a duty of care on tech firms – with a particular emphasis on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and video platforms such as YouTube and TikTok – to protect users from harmful content.The bill contains provisions for a deferred power to impose criminal sanctions on executives if they do not respond to information requests from the communications watchdog Ofcom accurately and in a timely manner.Dorries said that power could be brought in within three to six months of the bill becoming law, rather than the two years initially envisaged, and indicated that the criminal sanctions would be extended to cover failing to tackle algorithms that serve up harmful content.“[Platforms] know what they are doing wrong. They have a chance to put that absolutely right, now. Why would we give them two years … to change what they can change today,” she said.Dorries was scathing about Facebook’s rebranding and its investment plans for the metaverse, a virtual world where people will be able to live their social and professional lives through avatars, or animated digital representations of themselves.Referring to Meta’s recent announcement that it would hire 10,000 people in the EU to help build a metaverse, she said: “They are putting ten, twenty thousand engineers on to the metaverse. And rebranding does not work. When harm is caused we are coming after it. Put those ten or twenty thousand now on to abiding by your terms and conditions and to removing your harmful algorithms, because if you don’t this bill will be watertight. I am looking at three to six months for criminal liability.”Meta, which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, is under severe political and regulatory pressure on both sides of the Atlantic after revelations by the whistleblower Frances Haugen. The former Facebook employee has detailed how the company was aware that its platforms harmed users and spread misinformation.Addressing the wider tech industry, Dorries said: “Remove your harmful algorithms today and you will not be subjected – named individuals – to criminal liability and prosecution.”Dorries was speaking to a parliamentary joint committee scrutinising the draft bill, which aims to impose a duty of care on tech firms – with a particular emphasis on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and video platforms such as YouTube and TikTok – to protect users from harmful content.The bill contains provisions for a deferred power to impose criminal sanctions on executives if they do not respond to information requests from the communications watchdog Ofcom accurately and in a timely manner.Dorries said that power could be brought in within three to six months of the bill becoming law, rather than the two years initially envisaged, and indicated that the criminal sanctions would be extended to cover failing to tackle algorithms that serve up harmful content.“[Platforms] know what they are doing wrong. They have a chance to put that absolutely right, now. Why would we give them two years … to change what they can change today,” she said.Dorries was scathing about Facebook’s rebranding and its investment plans for the metaverse, a virtual world where people will be able to live their social and professional lives through avatars, or animated digital representations of themselves.Referring to Meta’s recent announcement that it would hire 10,000 people in the EU to help build a metaverse, she said: “They are putting ten, twenty thousand engineers on to the metaverse. And rebranding does not work. When harm is caused we are coming after it. Put those ten or twenty thousand now on to abiding by your terms and conditions and to removing your harmful algorithms, because if you don’t this bill will be watertight. I am looking at three to six months for criminal liability.”Meta, which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, is under severe political and regulatory pressure on both sides of the Atlantic after revelations by the whistleblower Frances Haugen. The former Facebook employee has detailed how the company was aware that its platforms harmed users and spread misinformation.
Sending threatening posts among offences in revised online safety bill
Joining digital pile-ons, sending threatening social media posts and deliberately posting hoax bomb threats are among the new criminal offences that could result in jail sentences under proposed online safety laws.Tech firms will also be required to prevent users from being exposed to content such as revenge porn, fraud and the sale of illegal drugs, or face the threat of substantial fines under the proposed changes. Previously, platforms such as Facebook and Twitter had to take such content down if it was flagged to them but now they would be legally required to prevent users from being exposed to them in the first place.The culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, said: “We are listening to MPs, charities and campaigners who have wanted us to strengthen the legislation, and today’s changes mean we will be able to bring the full weight of the law against those who use the internet as a weapon to ruin people’s lives and do so quicker and more effectively.”Those offences are: sending or posting a message that conveys a threat of serious harm, sending a communication with the intent of causing psychological harm or serious emotional distress, and deliberately sending a false message with the intention of causing harm.The government is introducing the offence of sending a genuinely threatening message, which would carry a sentence of up to five years, in order to “better capture online threats to rape, kill and inflict physical violence or cause people serious financial harm”. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said it would offer better protection for public figures such as MPs, celebrities and footballers who regularly receive threatening posts and messages.The “psychological harm” offence, which carries a sentence of up to two years, is designed to cover a range of online incidents including Twitter pile-ons – where many people direct abuse at an individual – but also examples of threatening behaviour against women and girls, such as a domestic abuse survivor being tracked to their new location by their abuser and being sent a picture of their front door. Content posted by individuals on comment sections of websites, including newspapers, will be included within the scope of the offence.The false communications offence, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 51 weeks, covers messages or posts deliberately sent to inflict harm such as hoax bomb threats. However, the offender has to be aware that the message or post is untrue before sending it, so if that person posted on Facebook that people should inject themselves with Dettol to cure themselves of coronavirus the court would have to prove that the individual knew it was false information before putting it online.
Beats Fit Pro review: Apple’s workout-ready AirPods Pro rivals
Priced at £199 ($199.99/A$299.95) they offer the same noise-cancelling as the AirPods Pro and features such as spatial audio virtual surround sound.The Fit Pro essentially add a flexible silicone stabiliser “wing” to the top of last year’s Studio Buds. Once you twist the wing into the top of your ear they stay put even with the most vigorous of exercise, or you can wear them without the wing tucked in for more sedate listening.The top of the earbud protrudes a little from your ear and has a single multi-purpose “b” button which you press once, twice, thrice or press and hold to skip tracks, change sound modes or adjust the volume. The music pauses when you remove an earbud too.The earbuds clip magnetically into a flip-top case for charging and storage, which is like a mini version of the giant Powerbeats Pro case. It is a bit bigger than the best on the market but still just about fits in the money pocket of a pair of jeans.The earbuds last up to six hours of playback with noise-cancelling active between charges, which is two hours short of the best rivals but at least an hour longer than the Studio Buds and AirPods Pro.
Meta rivalry with Apple inflamed as Facebook parent company share price plummets
Mark Zuckerberg blamed “headwinds” this week after investors wiped about $220bn off Meta’s market value. One of the biggest blows came from longtime rival Apple.Apple has long marketed itself as a champion of privacy, explicitly positioning itself in opposition to Facebook. Tensions between the two giants escalated with the release of Apple’s new operating system, which Meta feared would hamper its revenue model.On Thursday those fears came true as Meta’s share price fell 26% in what could be the largest single-day wipeout in market value for a US company.Meta blamed increasing competition for the dismal forecast, as well as privacy changes instituted by Apple last year.
Bose QC45 review: commuter favourite noise-cancelling headphones revamped
Bose is back with a revamp of its most popular noise-cancelling headphones, which improve the technology but keep the good bits mostly the same.The company appears to have taken an “ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to the new headphones, which are similar to the excellent QuietComfort 35 from 2016 but markedly different to the more modern NCH 700 that launched two years ago.The QuietComfort 45 cost £320 ($330/A$500) and are non-showy and comfortable. The design has been refined with smoother ear cushions and fewer lines and microphone holes in the ear cups for a more minimalist look, but side by side the differences with the QuietComfort 35s are subtle. The headband is now lined with smoother vegan leather rather than the suede-like Alcantara of their predecessors.
How $1bn push into podcasts led to Spotify’s growing pains
He was supposed to be Spotify’s biggest acquisition, one who would transform the music streaming company into a one-stop shop for all kinds of online audio.But controversy over “misinformation” on Joe Rogan’s podcast precipitated a hellish week for the Swedish firm as high-profile boycotts, a social media backlash and a share price drop challenged the viability of its meteoric growth.With questions mounting over whether streaming companies pay artists their proper due, a second and arguably bigger issue has emerged: whether Spotify can be held responsible for all of the material on its platform.AdvertisementThe row started when a group of more than 250 US professors and public health officials called on the company to crack down on Covid-19 misinformation after an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience included “several falsehoods” about vaccines.Later, when Neil Young issued an ultimatum to Spotify to remove either his music or Rogan’s podcast from its platform, the company chose to back Rogan, whose podcast is its most popular, with an estimated audience of 11 million.Despite an apology from Rogan, in which he pledged more balanced and better-researched content, and a decision by Spotify to add content advisories to episodes discussing Covid, there were a slew of further boycotts, including from Joni Mitchell, Nils Lofgren, India Arie, and the podcasters Roxane Gay and Brené Brown.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who have a podcast deal with Spotify, said they had previously raised the issue of misinformation with the company. On the same day that Spotify staff were reportedly up in arms about the chief executive Daniel Ek’s defence of Rogan, there was an intervention from the White House calling on it to “do more”.But when Spotify paid a reported $100m (£73m) in 2020 for an exclusive licensing deal with Rogan, known for his brash and often polarising content featuring members of the so-called “intellectual dark web”, it made a value judgment that the boost to revenue was more attractive than avoiding any future controversy.At the time, Spotify had begun to assert itself as a key player in the podcast world, buying up rights to more and more shows, including from the Obamas. It has now spent more than $1bn on podcasts, with revenues from podcasts up 627% year on year.“To be frank, had we not made some of the choices we did, I am confident that our business wouldn’t be where it is today,” Ek is reported to have told staff this week.According to Mark Mulligan, an analyst at Midia Research, “Spotify with Joe Rogan is where Netflix was with House of Cards. It’s original audio content.” He explained that when Spotify got going, “radio basically owned the rest of the audio business, but in the intervening years podcasts have become much bigger. If it wasn’t doing podcasts, other companies would take some of its listening time away.”Spotify, he added, “doesn’t own the music catalogue, it’s entirely dependent on record labels. A podcast is a way of saying ‘we’ll invest in our own content and we’ll generate a much higher profit from that content’.”The debate has become larger than Spotify itself, touching on the cornerstones of today’s culture wars such as free speech and censorship. MailOnline ran an article headlined “Why Spotify must stand up to the luvvie bullies trying to stifle free speech – especially if Meghan and Harry join the Joe Rogan witch-hunt”. Another in the Hill read: “Can Joe Rogan save free speech?”Andrew Hartman, the author of A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars, said the dustup was the latest in “a long list of controversies over pop culture and censorship, with capitalism and commerce in the mix.”Most of these battles, Hartman said, had historically entailed efforts by conservatives, often religious conservatives, to censor liberals wishing to express transgressive views – for example, efforts to censor Martin Scorsese’s Last Temptation of Christ. “Now we have liberal musicians working to kick Joe Rogan off a platform for expressing or giving voice to views that are seemingly conservative,” he said.All of which leaves Spotify facing a heady cocktail of crises. The UK’s competition watchdog recently launched a study of whether streaming services such as Spotify hold excessive power, after a scathing report by MPs called for a “complete reset” of a model in which they said only big labels and superstar acts profit.“It’s like waiting for a bus,” Mulligan said. “Suddenly, many crises will come along at the same time. Arie removed her catalogue because of an episode Rogan did on race. Now more and more artists will be looking at all the other stuff he’s said, and other podcasts Spotify is supporting, and think: is this the place I want my music?”But comparing and contrasting streaming companies is difficult business. Since leaving Spotify, Young has directed his fans to use Amazon Music to stream his songs – a company criticised for its treatment of workers. His music remains on YouTube, which factcheckers say is a major conduit of fake news.
Buy and sell one for daily use
Sugarcane is known as an important crop for people's daily life because it is ground to make water for sugar cane juice, but usually after grinding water to produce sugar. Sugarcane is left to rot by some countries in its natural state, in which even Cambodia has left this sugarcane. Seeing that sugarcane was left like this, an entrepreneur made sugarcane into a dish to use, there are endless buyers.
Winter Olympics 2022: 10 things to look out for in Beijing
Jamaica will enter a four-man bobsleigh team in the Olympics for the first time in 24 years after nicking the final qualifying spot, offering a feelgood reboot for the island nation whose debut at the 1988 Calgary Games inspired the Disney film Cool Runnings. Just making it to Beijing might seem like accomplishment enough for Shanwayne Stephens, the team’s 31-year-old pilot and Royal Air Force lance corporal who emigrated to Great Britain with his family in 2002: certainly after improvised training methods at the height of the pandemic that included pushing his girlfriend’s Mini Cooper around the streets of Peterborough. But having touched down in China after undergoing their final preparations at the University of Bath, his goal is plain. “It’s got to be medalling,” Stephens says. “It’s everybody’s dream, it’s what we’re here to do. So why not aim high?