Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #221

Kathy Sandler
7 min readNov 28, 2022

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Important Items

Alabama woman jailed for using drugs during pregnancy wasn’t pregnant, lawsuit says


Over 1,000 songs with human-mimicking AI vocals have been released by Tencent Music in China. One of them has 100m

HT @benedictevans

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Disruptive Economics of AI

HT @neilperkin “To understand the disruptive economics of new technology, it’s important to look beyond the economic properties of the technology itself and understand the economics of building the new systems in which the technology must be embedded.”

Taking A Long Term View Of Web3

The most important software innovation of the last decade, which started with the Bitcoin white paper fourteen years ago, is the emergence of open-source software and decentralized protocols that are the foundation of web3. It is the promise of software that is not controlled by a company, but instead by an open-source community with built-in safeguards and increased transparency relative to today’s tech and financial systems, that gives us so much confidence in the future of web3.


Metaverse marketing — tracking virtual activations and

The metaverse, like all things Web3, is as confusing as it is titillating. Marketers aren’t waiting for an official prospectus — they’re already heading full-speed into the space. From buying land on virtual real estate platforms to building teams and hiring for roles specifically tailored toward metaverse development, brands and agencies want to get involved ahead of mass adoption, whether that’s a month, year or decade away.

Instagram wants creators to normalize

Instagram’s latest update lets people make, sell and buy NFTs on the platform. As parent company Meta faces layoffs, it’s hoping Instagram creators — and their loyal followers — will inspire mainstream adoption of Web3 technologies. #NFTs

How radio DJs are using TikTok to find new listeners as the app takes over music
Radio DJs are turning to TikTok as a way to grow their audiences, even going live during their shows.

Advertisers binge on online video

RT @MattNavarra Video is the fastest growing area in online advertising. By 2027, TikTok’s advertising revenue is predicted to exceed that of Meta and YouTube combined.

A curated and opinionated list of resources for Chief Technology Officers, with the emphasis on startups

Via @kuchin

Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A ‘Brainless’

Naver, a South Korean internet firm, is trying to introduce robots into the world of cubicles and conference rooms without making employees uncomfortable. #Robots

Intel Reveals ‘World’s First’ Real-Time Deepfake

FakeCatcher is said to have a 96% accuracy rate. It works by analyzing blood flow from video pixels. #Intel

The scary truth about AI copyright is nobody knows what will happen

Generative AI models have taken off in 2022. They can generate code, text, art, and more. But there are serious questions about their use of copyrighted data for training. Are these models legal? It’s a difficult question to answer. #AI #copyright

How Political Campaigns Use Your Phone’s Location to Target
Before you got in line on Election Day, the emerging and largely unregulated political tracking industry was able to trace your movements

Publishing & Media

New findings from BookTrust shine a spotlight on representation in children’s books and its impact on children’s motivations to read

More than half of young readers credit BookTok with sparking passion for reading, PA

HT @publishingtrend A poll conducted by the Publishers Association has found more than half of young readers credit BookTok, a subcommunity on the social media platform TikTok focused on books and literature, with helping them discover a passion for reading.

List of Online “Best of 2022” Book Lists

350 lists — so far!

100 Notable Books of
The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the staff of The New York Times Book Review.

Books We Love :
Here are 400+ great reads from 2022 handpicked just for you by NPR staff and trusted critics.

Russia: New ‘Homosexual Propaganda’ Law threatens freedom to publish

Reports in Le Monde quote Oleg Novikov, the CEO of Eksmo, Russia’s largest publishing house, estimating that 50% of their books would be threatened by the bill. Kristenn Einarsson, Chair of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee said: This new bill targets the LGBTQ+ community and sees the Russian state step up its censorship of creative works. Russian publishers will find themselves at risk, even when publishing some classics of Russian literature. Under the new law, individuals can be fined up to 400,000 roubles and organizations 5m roubles for “propagandizing nontraditional sexual relations,” while foreigners could face up to 15 days’ arrest and expulsion from Russia.

Silent censorship of books is an attack on knowledge and open

A book is on a library shelf one day, then it’s gone. Any librarian or educator who stands up against those efforts runs the risk of being threatened. #censorship

Freedom to Read Advocates Warn of Proposed ‘Book Rating’ Bill in Texas, Rising Book Bans in

ICYMI While still in the early stages of the legislative process, the proposed bill in Texas would require publishers to develop a new rating system for books and would give Texas state officials the power to bar schools from doing business with publishers who do not comply with the state’s directives. #BookBans

Resources & Opportunities

Join Well-Read Black Girl’s Giving Season!

MT @wellreadblkgirl This #GivingTuesday, help us raise $25K towards next year’s literary festival. We need major donors to ensure #WRBGFest2023 is FREE & accessible to our beloved community.

Buy a Book in Nov. & PRH donates to American Indian College

MT @penguinrandom In honor of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, we will donate 15% of net proceeds throughout the month (11/1/22–11/30/22, & up to $30K) to the American Indian College Fund: #StoriesoftheLand #teamPRH

Toolkit — Unite Against Book

RT @UABookBans Need tools and tips on how to fight book bans in your community? Check out our #UniteAgainstBookBans Action Toolkit: We’ve put together talking points, tips for writing letters to the editor, a template resolution, and more to help you get started.

The Design + Accessibility
Join us online Nov 29–Dec 2 for The Design + Accessibility Summit, the essential HOW-TO event for design professionals who need to master accessibility.

As Seen on TV: Black Friday Deals at Your Library!
Come on down to The New York Public Library for the hottest deals in town — on Black Friday and EVERY DAY! We’ve got: E-books, audiobooks, and book books! Computer and internet access! Tech classes, finance advice, and job training! Teen Centers! Teen Centers! Teen Centers! Act fast — these deals are available for an UNLIMITED time!

Women’s Media Group — A Breakthrough in Purpose + Impact: An Intimate Evening of

Free @WMG_NYC Members-only program on 12/7 from 6–7:30 p.m. ET. Join Michelle Garside and Alison Leipzig from @soul_camp take you on a soul-led journey towards uncovering and claiming your true purpose.



Kathy Sandler

Sr Mgr, Content Applications, Penguin Random House * Innovation * Technology * Publishing * Opinions expressed are my own