OMD FWD 19.03.19

Robert Foster

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of OMD FWD.

The capabilities of online media platforms to deal with sensitive news items was once again pulled into focus last week.  And quite rightly their agenda was one of moderation and protection. Facebook removed 1.5 million videos in 24 hours.  YouTube moderators also worked to keep sensitive footage offline, while Reddit banned two subreddits after people shared graphic video footage.



  • Despite its imminent arrival, new research suggests that only 3.4% of all global connections will be 5G by 2022
  • Retail spend on AI is forecast to grow from $2 billion in 2018 to $7.3 billion by 2022
  • 51% of the US population listened to podcasts in 2018. But are users prepared to pay for a subscription service akin to Netflix?



  • ‘What the hell is going on?’ – how an information abundance is transforming commerce, education, and politics in the same ways
  • Should brands use memes?
  • Will the creation of a new genderless voice help to remove gender bias in technology?
  • Meet the man who built Wish, an ecommerce app downloaded more times than Amazon