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Boosting New Business

Boosting New Business

There is a sense of concentration in the hallway of the INiTS building, the startup incubator of the University of Vienna. The only sounds are the clicking of computer keyboards from the office rooms and murmured discussions in the shared kitchen. The 5th floor is home to a handful of startup companies that may benefit […]

MQM: A New Home For Media Companies

MQM: A New Home For Media Companies

“Welcome to the future!” shouts the sign outside the Media Quarter Marx (MQM), proclaiming a complex aim to be ahead of its time. The red brick buildings that once stood alone on a gaping lot are now joined by futuristic glass in a campus-like atmosphere, with pathways interrupted by pleasant outdoor seating. But unlike Vienna’s […]

Saving Central Europe’s Newspapers

Saving Central Europe’s Newspapers

“The Internet will be to my generation of journalists what alcohol was to our predecessors,” wrote Slovak journalist Tomas Bella on his blog, – “a destroyer first of thought and then of productivity, destructive of both the capacity to reflect and to react. Just like alcohol, it seems an inevitable part of the job.” Bella […]

Newsweek Goes Digital

Many in Vienna have been puzzled to learn that another venerable American magazine is about to disappear. At least in print: By January, Newsweek will become an all-online Newsweek Global. Admittedly the magazine has been troubled for a long time; owned by the Washington Post Company since 1961, the shift to the Internet – particularly pronounced in the […]

This Falsely Transparent World

This Falsely Transparent World

It was one of those nights you couldn’t miss – and not only because of the lavish drink supply. While future.talk2012 – an Austria Telekom-backed event aimed at highlighting the Internet’s increasing presence in everyday life – may at times have felt more like a CEO meet and greet than a serious discussion, with quite […]

Copy-Paste Communism

The initiative Kunst hat Recht (Art is in the Right) has launched a debate about copyright in Austria. Finally! Twenty-seven artists and agents took to the streets in October to name-and-shame those preventing the compensating of damages from illegal downloading and file sharing of copyrighted material. The targets were the Austrian Chamber of Labour (AK) and Chamber […]

Felix (for) Austria!

Felix (for) Austria!

The term Felix Austria comes from Ovid, declaring that to expand its empire, “happy Austria” chose to marry instead of fighting wars. Today, the Austrian-owned energy drink manufacturer Red Bull, chose to stage a daredevil stunt with “no scientific value” rather than pick a fight with the competition, striking a chord in our collective memory. […]

EU: Security vs. Privacy

EU: Security vs. Privacy

Under the 2006 EU Data Retention Directive, member states agreed to keep a record of citizens’ email and telephone traffic (but not messages’ content) for at least six months.  In Austria, the directive takes effect on 1 Apr. But Germany may face penalties from the European Court of Justice after its own constitutional court declared […]

Antonia Lant: Touching the Mind’s Eye

British film scholar Antonia Lant spends a lot of time in Vienna – you could almost say she commutes, flying back and forth from Manhattan, where she is Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University, to Vienna where she is a frequent guest professor at the Uni Wien’s Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, Film und Medien […]

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