Here is an easy free tool to convert all your articles to Google AMP

Google recently began giving AMP stories — optimized for fast loading on mobile — further preferential treatment, featuring them in a special carousel on Google News. In other words, it’s a good time for publishers to get their content AMP-ready, if they haven’t yet.

Still, the process of getting set up on AMP is fairly involved and time-consuming. But on Wednesday, the New York–based digital agency Postlight released a free tool, Mercury, that promises “instant AMP results with zero development.”

“It takes real energy, time, and money to get on AMP,” said Rich Ziade, cofounder (along with Paul Ford) of Postlight, which counts publishers like Time Inc. and Vice among its clients. “The bigger publishers are starting to earmark resources and putting them in motion, but smaller publishers, or publishers that don’t have the resources, are kind of hesitant, or taking a wait-and-see attitude.” It had been taking some of Postlight’s publisher clients two to four months to rewire their content systems to support AMP. (Richard Gingras, Google’s head of news, says small teams with homegrown CMSes can implement AMP “within a few days.”)

To install Mercury, all you have to do is fill out a form on Postlight’s site, get a line of code, and drop it into your template page. The tool works with any CMS, including WordPress (which already has an AMP plugin that “spits out a generic look and feel,” Ziade said; he encouraged publishers to test both).

Postlight considered releasing a free tool for Facebook Instant Articles simultaneously with the AMP tool, but “it would have taken us about twice as long to implement,” Ziade said. (Working with the open-source AMP was easier.) Instant Articles support could be included in a future version of Mercury, though.

“One of the goals of this kind of tool was to empower publishers a bit when the game’s changed on them yet again,” Ziade said. “We were seeing people freak out, and we were just like, why don’t we give them a tool that makes it easier for them to react to what’s happening out there.”

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Reuters Promotes Kevin Krolicki to Regional Editor of Americas

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Reuters has named Kevin Krolicki regional editor of the Americas. He most recently held the same role on an interim basis.

Krolicki has been with Reuters since 1996. During his time with the company, he has served as a producer and bureau chief for the West Coast, Detroit, Japan and—more recently—Washington.

“Throughout his 20-year career at Reuters, Kevin has demonstrated exceptional news judgment and leadership skills,” wrote Reuters editor in chief Steve Adler, in a memo. “He has a deep understanding of the Americas region—our market, clients, bureaus and the stories that matter most—that will stand us in good stead as we move forward together.”

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Cara Delevingne Covers W as a Giant Heart Emoji

10000 words - wo, 18/05/2016 - 17:00

Cara Delevinge, the 23-year-old model and actress, is W’s latest cover star and also a giant heart emoji. Could’ve been worse, we suppose. The

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The Hindustan Times is working to build the definitive online source of real-time air quality in all of India

A recent World Bank report on South Asian development handed Delhi the undesirable title of the “world’s most polluted city,” with recorded air pollution levels three times higher than those in Beijing. A World Health Organization report last week listed ten Indian cities among the 20 most polluted in the world.1.

“The actual exposure of citizens to pollutants is not very well-known, because data is not easily available or accessible to them,” said Piyush Aggarwal, a news apps developer at the Indian English-language news organization Hindustan Times. “It’s not being collected at a very large scale in a way that can be easily understood. We realized we could make something that would make relevant data available to citizens, to our readers, so that they can know what kind of air they’re breathing where they live and where they work.”

Last month, The Hindustan Times launched, in beta, a real-time air quality map. Designed with mobile audiences in mind, it offers important data points on air pollution in cities across India. Select a city from a dropdown menu, and the app shows a map of the area with color-coded Air Quality Index labels. Users can click on the AQI label to see a card with additional data: the date and time, the specific pollutant used to calculate the AQI (e.g., carbon monoxide), relative humidity, temperature, a graph of AQI over the last seven days at that location, and measurements of two types of air pollutants PM2.5 and PM10 (these particulates are major components of air pollution but invisible to the naked eye).

The map currently pulls in data from air quality monitoring stations managed by India’s Central Pollution Control Board, as well as from the United States embassy.

“The government data isn’t always updated, or updated quickly, and there aren’t enough sensors to cover the whole geographic area,” said Aggarwal, who helped develop the interactive. “In order to canvas the country completely, we decided to buy air quality sensors and deploy them ourselves.”

Government sensors are “expensive, certified, and accredited.” The Hindustan Times is using “low-cost, off-the-shelf DIY” alternatives, so it’s testing and calibrating a batch of these newly deployed sensors around Delhi before adding any of that air quality data to its map. The HT is also talking to NGOs and other interested groups about partnering the project. The air quality map is the paper’s first foray into sensor journalism on such an ambitious scale. And because the map is in real-time, journalists can follow up with stories on spikes or trends in pollution levels in various locations.

Landscape-oriented interactive maps look nice on large desktop monitors but can be a pain to wrangle into mobile form.

“We wanted to make it interactive on mobile and responsive for screens of different sizes. We wanted to do a lot of customization, as much as we could, for mobile. But what happens most of the time when you open a map on your phone? You accidentally zoom in and then zoom out, zoom in and zoom out, zoom in and zoom out,” Aggarwal said. “In addition to making this usable, the major challenge was, how could we make this actionable? When you open up the website on mobile, you should see something that prompt you to make some action.”

When users tap the AQI label in their chosen city, the information card displays the date, time, and pollutant information, and replaces the seven-day graph instead with an illustration and a recommendation for what to do. On May 12, based on air pollution data collected through the U.S. Embassy in Delhi: “Stay indoors. Crank the air filter.” On mobile, in addition to sharing the card on Facebook or Twitter, there’s also an option to share on WhatsApp.

The map is in beta at the moment, and the HT team has a number of plans for improving functionality, in addition to expanding its own on-the-ground network of air quality sensors. Once there are enough data points for cities across India, the map could get a geolocation feature, and users might be able to select specific geographic parameters to explore. The team is also considering building out a real-time widget so that users can get real-time information anytime, without having to visit the HT website.

“Moving forward, we could look into many other things. Water quality could be next, for instance,” Aggarwal said. “But right now our focus is to build something that has real-time data from as many sources as possible, so that we can empower citizens to make better decisions, and so that they can hold their government accountable.” Notes

  1. The WHO report from last week pointed to Zabol, Iran, as the most polluted. Delhi was number 11.
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Böhmermann kan zich niet vinden in beslissing rechter

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 18/05/2016 - 16:51
De Duitse satiricus Jan Böhmermann is het niet eens met het oordeel van de rechter in Hamburg, die eerder deze week bepaalde dat hij delen van zijn gedicht…
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Nieuwsbrief SARC jg 6, nr. 4

Media - Vlaamse overheid - wo, 18/05/2016 - 16:30
De nieuwsbrief SARC jg 6, nr. 4 werd verstuurd en gepubliceerd. U kan zich nog steeds inschrijven voor deze elektronische nieuwsbrief.
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Joe Ripp Talks Time Inc. and Yahoo

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During Time Inc.’s Investor Open House, CEO Joe Ripp discussed a variety of subjects, including the publisher’s rumored interest in Yahoo.

While it seems now that the group led by Warren Buffett and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is in the lead to acquire Yahoo, for a few weeks there was plenty of talk that Time Inc. was all in, too.

Ripp wouldn’t confirm or deny the rumors. Instead he said they were all part of the game.

“The reality is, Yahoo is one of those large media properties that only comes along every so often,” said Ripp, according to WWD. “I used to run AOL and I know an awful lot about the Yahoo business, so I suspect a lot of the media speculation was around that because of the experience I had running the AOL business.”

Then, in a tipping-of-the-hand moment, Ripp added “Yahoo lacks good content. We can prove that.”

“A lot of the digital properties don’t make a nickel,” continued Ripp. “People are starting to realize that.”

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Follow the Money staat er beter voor dan ooit

Apache.be - wo, 18/05/2016 - 15:51
Waarom journalistiek nu eenmaal geld kost: Nederlandse collega's van Follow the Money zeggen hoernalistiek vaarwel.
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Frontline is finding new mic-drop moments for good old-fashioned reporting

Raney Aronson grew up without television. Her mother and stepfather were back-to-the-landers who moved the family to a rural Vermont town when Aronson was eight, grew their own organic food, and occasionally took Raney and her brothers and sisters to the local theater to see documentaries.

That gives Aronson, one year into her role as executive producer of PBS’s Frontline, something in common with the next generation of Frontline viewers: Watching stuff on TV isn’t a big part of their lives, either.

Frontline’s founder and original executive producer, David Fanning, never believed that Frontline was operating in some golden age of television, even in the pre-Internet era. “We have a minute to a minute and 30 seconds to prevent zapping,” he told The Washington Post in 1991. Frontline launched its first website, with supplemental materials for episodes airing on broadcast, in 1995, and began streaming some full-length episodes online in 2003. In 2002, on Frontline’s 20th anniversary, Fanning said in an interview with PBS:

When I first met with Aronson, I admitted to her that I’d never watched Frontline until I started preparing for our meeting; I had only vaguely known what it was, and I went to its website and streamed a few episodes. This was embarrassing: To write about Frontline properly, I felt, I should have been watching it for years. To my relief, she wasn’t appalled. For Frontline to survive, it has to find new ways to connect with audiences who, like me, didn’t grow up with it; who will be stumbling on its clips on Facebook or YouTube, intrigued not by the formidable brand but by the subject and the content.

“I will always believe in documentaries,” Aronson said. “But I also believe in all of this other work. The biggest shift for us is saying that digital video is not promotional; it is, in and of itself, a powerful form that I want us to explore.”

Digital video isn’t new to Frontline. In the early 2000s, it began streaming its full-length documentaries online. But broadcasting a film is no longer the end of the job, nor does it even have to be the beginning.

“We’re still a big PBS broadcast, we absolutely are, and we’re also a big streaming film series online,” said Aronson. “The moment it airs, it’s digital.” The creative work being done on digital video is run out of Frontline’s senior editorial team, which includes Aronson; Carla Borras, the 33-year-old series coordinating producer who has become Aronson’s right-hand woman; managing editor Andrew Metz; and senior producer and commissioning editor Dan Edge. “The audience team is right there with us as we’re creating these moments,” Aronson said. “That collaboration has taken us to new levels.”

Facebook-first films, for instance, have become a major part of how Frontline launches its full-length documentaries into the world. “These are short films that have their own integrity to them. They are really righteous filmmaking in their own sense,” Aronson said. The team has created a new term for these films: “social journalism.”

Aronson and Pam Johnston, Frontline’s senior director of audience development, stressed that the Facebook films have helped them to grow their audience across all platforms, without one group cannibalizing another. The turning point came last fall with a Facebook film called “School of ISIS,” released in response to the Paris terrorist attacks.

Frontline’s editorial, film, audience, and social video teams met to discuss what they could add to the coverage of the attacks. There happened to be a Frontline team covering the rise of ISIS in Afghanistan; the full-length film was set to air the following week. Senior producer Edge worked quickly with the Afghanistan team to pull together an original Facebook film that was released the Monday following the attacks.

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I felt the same way later, when I sat in the back of a cab with Aronson on her way to a lunch with Google to discuss their virtual reality collaboration. (Frontline launched its first-ever VR documentary, the award-winning “Ebola Outbreak,” last fall on Google Cardboard, Facebook 360, and other platforms. It’s since launched two more 360-degree films on Facebook, “On the Brink of Famine” and “Return to Chernobyl,” and is committed to releasing at least ten more.) She talked about the effort she’d put into building her team, raving about Borras as enthusiastically as Carla had spoken about her. Aronson said she is always worried that Frontline will lose Carla to New York again. “But maybe we can just keep promoting her and she’ll stay here forever.”

“I’m a millennial myself, and I feel very strongly that they just don’t know who Frontline is,” Borras said. “But if they did, they would actually really love this stuff.” She mimicked the way her friends talked about last spring’s HBO miniseries “The Jinx.” “They’re like ‘Oh my gosh, it’s incredible, look at this investigation unfold!’ They’re like, ‘Oh! Vice! Look at this reporter going out, he’s in, what, war-torn Syria? Wow, that’s badass!’ We’ve been doing it for 30 years, okay? And it’s just about making sure that that young audience knows about us in the same way the 60-plus-year-old audience knows about us. They’re not growing up with Channel 2, so how do we reach them?”

The challenge, said Moughty, is to make sure that audiences know the material is from Frontline “no matter where it is” on the web. The goal is “to make sure that we’re expanding Frontline’s DNA, not diluting it.”

Aronson is confident that this is going to work.

“The more I put myself into my job, and I wasn’t trying to do something else, even for David,” she said, “the more successful I became. That’s what David encouraged, the whole way through. Even when I was a filmmaker, he said: Find your own voice, and don’t become somebody you’re not because you think that’s what Frontline is.”

We are Frontline,” she said. “It’s not the idea of Frontline. The people who make Frontline are Frontline.”

Photo of Raney Aronson courtesy of Frontline.

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A Bittersweet Anniversary for Costa Rica’s Tico Times

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Today marks the 60th anniversary of The Tico Times, an English-language weekly launched in Costa Rica under the tutelage of a veteran New York journalist. Elisabeth “Betty” Dyer had wound up in the country, with a young daughter in tow, after husband Richard Dyer traded the life of a reporter for a PR position with United Fruit Company.

From today’s look-back:

A group of Lincoln School seniors asked Dyer to teach them about journalism. Her response? She urged them to learn by doing, and the result was the first edition of the paper, published on May 18, 1956 with a newsstand price of ¢1.

Betty had been a trailblazer in New York journalism as the “first woman rewrite man” and p.m. editor for the New York Post, covering traditionally male beats including crime, labor and politics. Richard’s journalism career had included stints as the news editor of the Oakland Post-Enquirer in California and the AP assistant bureau chief in Río de Janeiro.

The couple’s aforementioned daughter, Derry, would grow up to become Tico Times editor and publisher. The print side of things faded away in the fall of 2012, undone by the disappearance of U.S. housing boom money and some poor decisions. But with the help of an Indiegogo campaign, the paper was reborn as a small, online outlet and keeps going today.

Another anniversary remembrance, from Derry, retraces the evolution of the print circulation department and the growth of the paper’s U.S.-Canada subscriber base. Derry’s letter is a reminder of just how drastically the logistics of the newspaper delivery business have changed.

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Time Inc. Launches Mobile Video Platform ‘Instant’

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Time Inc. is betting on digital celebrities with the launch of Instant, a mobile-only video platform. Instant will feature video about and by what Time Inc. calls “The New Famous,” which is just another way to describe people who are famous on the internet but not in real life.

People, Entertainment Weekly and HelloGiggles are the initial launch partners of Instant. The platform’s content—short, shareable videos called “Instants”—will have a heavy presence across those brands’ sites and social media accounts. Instant will be supported by branded content.

The platform will be led by editorial director Kirstin Benson, who joins from WhoSay. Benson will report to Will Lee, head of digital editorial for People and Entertainment Weekly.

Instant is expected to launch next month.

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New York Times Names Elizabeth Spayd Public Editor

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The New York Times has named Elizabeth Spayd its new public editor. Spayd comes to the paper from The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), where she served as editor and publisher since 2014.

Prior to her time at CJR, Spayd was the managing editor for The Washington Post.

“Liz is an exceptionally accomplished journalist,” said Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., in a statement. “Her work at CJR along with her long and successful history at The Washington Post have given her a broad range of experiences that will serve us well as she assumes this critical position serving as a reliable and engaged representative of our readers.”

Spayd succeeds Margaret Sullivan, who is joining WaPo as a media columnist.

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Telegraaf op zaterdag met nieuw magazine

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 18/05/2016 - 14:42
De zaterdageditie van De Telegraaf wordt met ingang van deze week uitgebreid met een nieuw lifestyle magazine. Het 80 pagina’s tellende weekendblad draagt de titel VRIJ en brengt verhalen over wonen, reizen, mobiliteit en culinair en gezond leven.…
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FishbowlNY Newsstand: No Kentucky News

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Regionale omroepen vernieuwen apps

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 18/05/2016 - 13:49
De apps van diverse regionale omroepen als Omroep Brabant, Omroep West, RTV NH, Omroep Gelderland,RTV Oost en RTV Drenthe zijn in een nieuw jasje gestoken. Tevens zijn er nieuwe functies toegevoegd, waarmee het mogelijk wordt nieuws in te stellen naar…
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BBC en ITV werken aan betaalde streamingdienst

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 18/05/2016 - 13:24
De Britse publieke omroep BBC werkt samen met de commerciële zender ITV aan een betaalde streamingdienst, die in opzet lijkt op een kruising tussen het Nederlandse NLziet en Netflix. ‘Britflix’, zoals de werktitel luidt, laat abonnees…
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Apache.be - wo, 18/05/2016 - 13:20
Hilde Sabbe over stakingsrecht, woede en het oorverdovende koor van protest dat alle legitimatiepogingen overstemt.
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OjoPúblico Launches Data Journalism Guide

Global Investigative Journalism Network - wo, 18/05/2016 - 13:06

In its two years of existence, Peruvian news site OjoPúblico has earned a well-deserved prestige in the Latin American media landscape by combining investigative journalism, innovation, good writing and an overall quality that has not gone unnoticed by international organizations and colleagues. In 2015, OjoPúblico won the Best Investigation of the Year award in the Small Newsroom category of the Data Journalism Awards for its Sworn Accounts application, which allowed users to analyze the evolution of the wealth of dozens of Lima’s mayors ahead of the municipal elections.

"The digital revolution demands a change of mentality that reporters must understand, and new skills that were formerly associated with other areas of knowledge."

OjoPúblico was also one of the media outlets working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to report on the largest massive data leak so far: the Panama Papers. The site features a special section revealing the links between the Panamanian law firm Mossak Fonseca and Peru's political and corporate power.

And now, with the aim of contributing to the promotion of data-based investigations and asserting its vision of journalism as an essential service to democracy, OjoPúblico has published “La navaja suiza del reportero. Herramientas de investigación en la era de los datos masivos” (“The Swiss Army Knife Journalist: Digital Research Tools in the Era of Big Data”), a resource for Hispanic reporters who want to become familiar with the world of data journalism and, above all, to understand its meaning and relevance in Latin America and the world.

The book, backed by the Peruvian Press Council and supported by Hivos Foundation and IDEA Internacional, was launched in May and is available in print and PDF. It is divided into three parts: “The new alphabet of journalists: How a hacker accelerated the reinvention of journalism”; “How to trace crimes in a database? Twenty investigations that changed the way journalism is done” and “The path to a culture of innovation: Digital investigative journalism labs in Peru."

IJNet talked to authors David Hidalgo, OjoPúblico’s director, and Fabiola Torres, data editor.

IJNet: What gap do you intend to fill and how do you expect reporters to use The Swiss Army Knife Journalist?

Authors Fabiola Torres, data editor and David Hidalgo, OjoPúblico’s director.

Torres and Hidalgo: The book is a reflection on the role of journalism in this age of massive data: a crucial moment in history in which technology enables the discovery of local corruption cases, as well as carrying out global investigations such as the Offshore Leaks and the Luxembourg Leaks, direct predecessors of the now-famous Panama Papers. The digital revolution demands a change of mentality that reporters must understand, and new skills that were formerly associated with other areas of knowledge. So we included a selection of the best digital tools for investigative reporters and an overview of the best cases in recent history worldwide.

In 2014, 19 Latin American countries already had access to information laws or statutes. With the investigations these laws allow, do you think the trend will always be toward more access, or that it will increasingly become a territory of dispute?

We can infer the answer based on the Peruvian experience. Despite the transparency laws and the Open Government official initiative, public institutions apply restrictive measures to access information, as is the case of politicians' affidavits. Civil society and journalists are in an ongoing effort to make the state understand the need for open data as a foundation of democratic life. The strategies of various governments, especially in societies such as Latin America, still tend to restrict access, sometimes with delusional arguments — like when Costa Rican authorities delivered their information with a password so journalists would receive it, but could not use it. Their argument was, basically, that they had no obligation to make things easier.

What do you think are the major resistances of Latin American journalism schools and traditional media to enter the world of data?

The main challenge is that we actually do not understand the meaning of data journalism. Some take it as a new and revolutionary specialty and others as a simple variation of the tools available. It’s not one or the other. What we need to understand is that we are at a unique moment in history in which journalism can approach reality in ways that, until recently, were completely unknown. It’s not about learning how to use digital tools, but about thinking differently about the same problems. It’s about building new ways of questioning, new ways of raising hypothesis and new working methods. It is not a question of scale, but a new type of intuition to pursue the truth.

There are colleagues for whom words like "data" or "scraping" sound strange, difficult and involving abilities they believe are beyond their reach. How can we bring data journalism and digital tools to someone who received their training 10 or 15 years ago?

The way we did: by trial and error. The only difference is that the members of our team have a tremendous voracity to try everything, to discover, create, innovate. We're like a kid who received a PlayStation 10 years before it went on the market. From the beginning, we felt that we were changing when our language changed. Now we know that a news team of the 21st century is a task force that includes developers and reporters in a technological environment. Our recommendation is to take the decision to engage in a culture of innovation and, as indicated by the historical fundamentals of journalism, ask all the time.

The guide, published in Spanish, can be found here.

Ana Prieto is a freelance journalist based in Buenos Aires. She's part of the International Journalist's Network Spanish team(@anaprieto)

This post originally appeared on IJNet.org in both English and SpanishIJNet helps professional, citizen and aspiring journalists find training, improve their skills and make connections. IJNet is produced by the International Center for Journalists in seven languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish - with a global team of professional editors.Subscribe to IJNet’s free, weekly newsletter. You can also follow IJNet on Twitter or like IJNet on Facebook.


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Toppolitici stemden in met ruim 100 offshorefilialen Dexia

Apache.be - wo, 18/05/2016 - 11:59
Onder het toeziend oog van bestuurders zoals Karel De Gucht, Frank Beke en Francis Vermeiren bouwde Dexia meer dan honderd filialen uit in vermaarde belastingparadijzen. De politici ontvingen jaarlijks tienduizenden euro's, maar stelden nooit vragen bij de talloze offshore filialen in de jaarverslagen van Dexia. Op onze herhaalde vraag waarom volgt enkel "geen commentaar". Las u dan de jaarverslagen niet? "Geen commentaar, zei ik. Ik spreek toch Nederlands, niet?"
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Kamer verstevigt Nederlandse netneutraliteit

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 18/05/2016 - 09:53
De Tweede Kamer heeft ingestemd met een voorstel van minister Kamp (Economische Zaken) om elke vorm van prijsdicriminatie in het kader van netneutraliteit te verbieden, ook positieve. Daarmee wordt ook het bevoordelen van bepaalde diensten door ze…
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