Journalism, media, and technology trends and predictions 2022

2022 will be a year of careful consolidation for a news industry that has been both disrupted and galvanised by the drawn-out COVID-19 crisis. Both journalists and audiences have, to some degree, been ‘burnt out’ by the relentless intensity of the news agenda, alongside increasingly polarised debates about politics, identity, and culture. This could be the year when journalism takes a breath, focuses on the basics, and comes back stronger.

In many parts of the world, audiences for news media have been falling throughout 2021 – not an ideal situation at a time when accurate and reliable information has been so critical to people’s health and security. A key challenge for the news media this year is to re-engage those who have turned away from news – as well as to build deeper relationships with more regular news consumers.

Generational change will also continue to be a key theme, leading to more internal soul-searching in newsrooms over diversity and inclusion, about emerging agendas such as climate change and mental health, and about how journalists should behave in social media.

On the business side, many traditional news organisations remain relentlessly focused on faster digital transformation as rising newsprint and energy costs look to make print unsustainable in some countries. Charging for online news is the end-destination for many, but expect subscription fatigue to limit progress, especially if economic conditions worsen.

After a period where digital advertising revenue has leaked away to giant platforms, publishers have an opportunity to secure better results this year. Tighter privacy rules limiting third-party data, along with concerns about misinformation, have already started to swing the tide back towards trusted brands, but advertising remains a competitive and challenging business, and not every publisher will thrive.

Meanwhile the talk of platform regulation becomes real this year as the EU and some national governments try to exercise more control over big tech. However, next generation technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), cryptocurrencies, and the metaverse (virtual or semi-virtual worlds) are already creating a new set of challenges for societies as well as new opportunities to connect, inform, and entertain.

How do Media Leaders View the Year Ahead?

  • Almost six out of ten of our respondents (59%) say their revenue has increased over the last year, despite the fact that more than half (54%) also reported static or falling page views. Publishers report that digital advertising has boomed with more people buying online, while subscription revenue has also increased.
  • Three-quarters (75%) of our sample of editors, CEOs, and digital leaders say they are confident about their company’s prospects for 2022, though fewer (60%) say the same about the future of journalism. Concerns relate to the polarisation of societies, attacks on journalists and the free press, and the financial sustainability of local publications.
  • More publishers plan to push ahead with subscription or membership strategies this year, with the majority of those surveyed (79%) saying this will be one of their most important revenue priorities, ahead of both display and native advertising. At
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The Top Business Technology Trends for 2021-2022

With the new year just around the corner, the world of business is set to see great change. From 5G and the Internet of Things to the blockchain, new technology trends are creating a digital transformation for companies on a global level. In this article, we’ll take a look at the latest trends in technology to keep an eye out for in 2022 and beyond.

Top Technology Trends for Businesses in 2022

2022 Updates to ISO 27002

In 2022 there will be an update to the ISO 27002 supplementary standard (ISO 27002:2022). ISO 27002 is a reference guide for implementing the optional security controls listed in Annex A of ISO 27001. These controls help companies create an ISMS (information security management system) that complies with the Standard.

Examples of Proposed Changes

  • New controls including data leakage prevention and web filtering.
  • Re-structuring/consolidations/removal of existing controls

While these updates will not have an immediate impact on the ISO 27001:2013 framework, they will provide added context and clarity for those seeking ISO/IEC 27001 certification in 2022, particularly as it relates to modern data security practices such as cloud security.

5G and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Learn more about the security impacts of IoT in our infographic

5G’s future rests on software-defined networking (SDN), whose main concept is to decouple the infrastructure of wireless networks from expensive, closed hardware and shift it to an intelligent software layer running on commodity hardware.

Tom Canning, NetworkComputing.com

The 5G network represents the next generation of mobile communication. Its speed improvements alone are a revolution; 5G will take roughly one millisecond to respond to commands, whereas 4G can take up to 200 milliseconds.

The improved efficiencies offered by the 5G network will benefit businesses that rely on IoT (physical things connected to the internet). Self-driving vehicles, for example, rely heavily on IoT devices to navigate roadways and traffic. Property management and leasing companies are now using IoT devices to build and maintain smarter buildings that utilize connected HVAC infrastructure and automated door locks, thermostats, smoke detectors, and more.

Investing in the 5G network and expanding the use of IoT in business will also help to reduce a company’s carbon footprint. The reputation of a business is now, more than ever, heavily predicated on the practices and technology put in place to help reduce the harm that the operation inflicts on the environment and the climate.

With digital technology systems such as 5G and IoT, businesses can reduce their carbon footprint by up to 15% by 2030, according to an article published by Jens Malmodin and Pernilla Bergmark for the Atlantis Press.

Artificial Intelligence

AI has become integral in our daily lives as smartphones and their various applications, including artificial intelligence software such as Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. McKinsey estimates that by 2024 AI-generated speech will be behind more than 50% of people’s interactions with computers.

With AI, your smartphone can be used to measure distances and to simulate the way that a piece

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