Ten Key Tech-Related Developments in Ukraine in 2019
2019 has been quite an eventful year in Ukraine’s tech sphere. A new government is in place, which claims to have put digitalisation and the IT-sphere among its top priorities. Social media and online have played an important role in society and politics. Many foundations have been laid for the future development of the tech sphere in Ukraine. Vitalii Rybak, analyst and journalist at Internews Ukraine and UkraineWorld, took a look at ten key tech-related developments which marked this year for Ukrainians.
Online media outlets are in the spotlight
Since Ukrainian became independent in 1991, there has been one truth in the country’s media sphere – TV is number one. Television has been the most popular medium in the country for more than 25 years. But in 2019, for the first time since Ukraine’s independence, online and social media took over from television in terms of popularity and reach, InMind research from October 2019 for Internews Network shows. According to the poll, 68% of respondents use social networks to get news (up from 53% in 2018), while TV use is down to 66% compared to 77% in 2018. This reflects the global trend in the growth of the popularity of digital media.