It is a bold prediction: Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, predicts an end to censorship within a decade. No, despotic regimes will not be collapsing and dictators will still be commanding the means of communication when they wish. The Guardian reports Schmidt believes that most everyone will be connected to the Internet and in possession of encryption technology to evade restrictions.
Nate Silver, lured to ESPN from The New York Times this year to create an online site on politics, sports and the economy, says his new group will not be emphasizing click bait. The Wrap reports there will not be stories done for the sake of attracting large audiences, but stories for the sake of attracting long-term audiences. Thus, no pageview-attractive headlines. With an emphasis on quality, there is a better shot at viability, he argues.
Farhad Manjoo, writing for The Wall Street Journal, laments the blurred lines. Advertising and editorial are commingling in native advertising (sponsored content) in such a way as the muddy the waters for the audience. Be careful, he advises.