Since 2000, the European Union had not addressed the digital issue. This is almost an eternity by Internet standards. Nevertheless, in 2022, member states voted on the Digital Services Act (DSA), a piece of legislation that should be in force by 2024. This was intended to eliminate two perceived "dangers" of Internet activity in recent years:
The spread of false information and online hate
Targeted advertisements using personal information
The legislation should in theory penalize these behaviors by the computer giants. Among other things, targeted ads aimed at minors will be banned and platforms will have to ensure that false information does not appear in the first search results or conversations.
A law considered severe by the lobbies of Google, Facebook and others but quite weak by others who would have liked an even more binding charter. It must be said that some Member States such as Luxembourg did not want to offend Amazon, which has a headquarters there. Not to mention that they have invested more than 30 million euros in advertising and other approaches so that this law does not pass.
So, this compromise will still force the giants to change things for the European public by 2024 at the risk of having to pay billions to the European Union in penalties.
Will this legislation get to the heart of the matter? We'll have to see the impact over the years to be sure.
Food is a daily concern. A series of 6 games proposed by the Alimentarium museum reminds us of the importance of a balanced diet, to know the organs of the digestive tract in order to better understand the digestion of food and other food-related topics. An initiative all the more interesting because there are not many serious games related to food.
The sharing economy has led to small changes in various economic sectors such as transportation, housing, etc. This approach has changed the relationship of citizens for different services, now cheaper and offered by their fellow citizens. However, who actually benefits from this new economy? The people or the companies in question? A U.S. newsgame shows how the life of Uber drivers isn't as lucrative as one might think.
Many serious games address the topic of sustainable development. Yet before such solutions were proposed, innovative people had to go against the social grain and fight to improve their environment. A humorous adventure game, hosted by the National Film Board, teaches children the attitudes they need to adopt to make a difference.
The Water in the City website is a service of the International Office for Water to help communities. It offers practical, technical, legal and economic answers to questions related to drinking water, collective and non-collective sanitation.
In the past, video game controls were as varied as the titles themselves. Then, around 2000, PlayStation came along with a controller design that is still being replicated today. Could the Japanese company have found the perfect formula and why this one more than others?