Best Mainstream Press Coverage of the
Data Center Industry

Everyone deserves to understand a subject as important as data centers. When the press gets it right, governments will regulate the sector better, and make better economic decision about it, while the public will engage constructively with the facilities they live alongside.

 

This year's public vote category will recognize journalists and publications which helped the data center community by delivering useful information about the sector to a broader audience.

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From the world of mainstream press, we've selected our 5 top articles from this year: with writing from The Economist, The Times, The Atlantic, Des Moines Register, and The New York Times, view our selection of quality journalism chosen by our team on the best in datacenter coverage. Who will win your vote? Have your say before the 25th November.

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The Economist | "Netflix,
but for video games"

“The ability to stream films and songs over the internet has upended the entertainment industry, but the $140bn market in video-gaming has resisted the revolution. That may soon change. A battle is brewing between big media and technology firms to see who—if anybody—can become the Netflix of video games.”

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The New York Times | "How the Internet Travels Across Oceans"

“The internet consists of tiny bits of code that move around the world, traveling along wires as thin as a strand of hair strung across the ocean floor. The data zips from New York to Sydney, from Hong Kong to London, in the time it takes you to read this word.”

The Times | "Energy used
in streaming one film on Netflix makes 60 cuppas"

“Surging demand for online video means Britain’s use of the internet needs electricity equivalent to six nuclear power stations, scientists say. They established that watching one feature film online consumes the same power as making 60 cups of tea. As demand for services such as YouTube, Netflix and Twitch, a site for gamers, may double or treble by 2030, the problem will only get worse.”

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The Des Moines Register | "Kept in the dark: In Iowa, big tech's tactics can tie up information as data centers get millions in tax breaks"

"Twelve minutes. That was how long the details of a development agreement that would give Facebook an estimated $40 million in tax incentives were available to the public before the Altoona City Council approved the agreement on May 6.”

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The Atlantic | "Why Everything Is Getting Louder"

“Noise is never just about sound; it is inseparable from issues of power and powerlessness. It is a violation we can’t control and to which, because of our anatomy, we cannot close ourselves off. “We have all thought of killing our neighbors at some point,” a soft-spoken scientist researching noise abatement told me.”

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