Technology ad­vances leave stamp on G20

China Daily (USA) - - G20 2016 CHINA - Con­tact the writer at zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The two key media con­fer­ences ad­dressed by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in China in the last two years that I at­tended have seen a lot of changes, in­deed.

His ad­dress to the media af­ter the con­clu­sion of the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Eco­nomic Lead­ers’Meet­ing in Novem­ber 2014 in Beijing was dom­i­nated by tele­vi­sion crews. Live video feeds of broad­cast­ers stood out.

But onMon­day, his media con­fer­ence at 11th G20 Lead­ers Sum­mit in East China’sHangzhou saw print media jour­nal­ists on­line media or news web­sites’ re­porters mak­ing faster moves.

This can be at­trib­uted to the boom in live stream­ing technology on the in­ter­net in the past year. For view­ers, live we­b­casts are now just a click away. What’s more, they can be ac­cessed on mo­bile phones.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, mul­ti­me­dia jour­nal­ists were ev­ery­where, try­ing to en­gross their view­ers, who were pre­sum­ably con­sum­ing G20re­lated con­tent on hand-held de­vices.

This pro­duced some in­ter­est­ing mo­ments. When a pre­sen­ter of China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion was in­tro­duc­ing the venue to a na­tional au­di­ence, sev­eral cy­ber jour­nal­ists rep­re­sent­ing na­tional or lo­cal news­pa­per groups sim­ply parked them­selves near the pre­sen­ter.

That’s all they had to do to livestream the event.

Their head­sets com­pris­ing ear­phones and mi­cro­phones, which were plugged into their cam­er­ae­quipped, in­ter­net-ready hand­sets, were enough to beam the event live to their re­spec­tive au­di­ences.

Technology now makes live broad­casts sim­ple. It is no longer just for the priv­i­leged few­but a dream come true for many. Live stream­ing is at­tract­ing grow­ing pub­lic at­ten­tion, par­tic­u­larly in China, be­sides in­creas­ing rev­enue for those in­volved, and help­ing trans­form tra­di­tional media out­lets.

Mo­bile live cast­ing sym­bol­izes the on­go­ing technology rev­o­lu­tion and in­no­va­tion that have been shap­ing the Chi­nese econ­omy in the last two years.

Nowwith a swipe or scan of QR or quick-re­sponse code us­ing a mo­bile phone, buy­ing fast food at a KFC restau­rant or pay­ing for stamps and sou­venirs at the G20 sum­mit press cen­ter is pos­si­ble.

As world lead­ers, ty­coons, cor­po­rate icons and of­fi­cials con­verged onHangzhou, it be­came in­creas­ingly clear that there is no es­cape for any­one from technology, es­pe­cially of the hand-held va­ri­ety. This was best ex­em­pli­fied by Robin Li, CEO of Chi­nese in­ter­net search en­gine Baidu, who grabbed a quick mo­ment with Ar­gen­tine Pres­i­den­tMauri­cio Macri for a selfie at the B20 sum­mit.

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