Welcome to this week’s installment of i18n, a newsletter of links, images and other HTML of note about trends and ideas in global digital media.
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The Internet Trends 2017 report is here. Mary Meeker’s annual report on the internet came out last week. A few highlights relevant to global media:
- Global internet growth is solid but slowing (except in India, where users grew 28% last year)
- Global smartphone shipments are slowing
- Mobile internet use in China grew 30% year-on-year
- Mobile data costs in India are rapidly dropping, so data usage has jumped 9x year-on-year
The New York Times writes about the challenges of bringing the internet to rural India. Despite the rapid growth in India mentioned above, poor rural areas still lag far behind in internet adoption, where culture and education are obstacles just as large as infrastructure.
The future of publishing: Many outlets, one infrastructure. In Stratechery, Ben Thompson argues that the recent partnership between Vox and The Ringer in the U.S. portends a new model for digital media, where a “faceless publisher” provides the monetization and infrastructure behind atomized smaller brands. Not sure why he say the publisher has to be faceless — Vox certainly isn’t — but an interesting read nonetheless.
One of Latin America’s largest publishers has partnered with Vice to translate its articles into Spanish. The company, Infobae, also has a similar partnership with the Washington Post.
The Boston Globe’s digital subscriber base has grown by over 20,000 in the last year, making it the biggest local paper in the U.S. Part of that growth has been fueled by the Globe’s focus on getting its paywall right, by closing some holes in its metered paywall (incognito mode no longer skirts it), while opening others (Google AMP pages do not count towards the monthly total).
India’s rapid rise: One of the most interesting slides from Mary Meeker’s presentation. More on her India-related slides here.