Basecamp’s protest of Apple’s policies is already benefiting other developers

China is cracking down on live-streaming services for “vulgar content” amid their explosion in popularity due to the coronavirus pandemic[41]. The move is hitting big Chinese tech companies like Tencent and ByteDance. (Wayne Ma / The Information)

EU officials admitted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been difficult to implement and enforce[42]. Regulators have struggled with a lack of clarity around how the rules apply to fields like artificial intelligence, blockchain and the internet of things, and the burden has fallen most heavily on small businesses. (Javier Espinoza / Financial Times)

Industry

More than 70 people in the gaming industry, most of them women, have come forward with allegations of gender-based discrimination, harassment and sexual assault since Friday[43]. They have shared their stories on Twitter, YouTube, and Twitch. Here’s Taylor Lorenz and Kellen Browning at The New York Times:

The outpouring of stories from competitive gamers and streamers, who broadcast their gameplay on platforms like Twitch for money, led to the resignation of the C.E.O. of a prominent talent management company for streamers and a moment of reflection for an industry that has often contended with sexism, bullying and allegations of abuse.

Already, the response has been a far cry from Gamergate in 2014[44], when women faced threats of death and sexual assault for critiquing the industry’s male-dominated, sexist culture. Now, some are optimistic that real change could come.

Over the weekend, a former Mixer employee shared a blog describing his experiences with racism while working at Microsoft’s streaming platform[45]. The post included allegations that upper level management refused to act when a racist analogy was used during a meeting. (Ian Walker / Kotaku)

As a streaming platform, Mixer was ultimately a failure[46]. But it kicked off a talent war between the big streaming platforms that will likely continue even after Mixer no longer exists. (Andrew Webster / The Verge)

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