Newspaper looks at a year full of "patent insanity", information cartels and Apple power.

This article titled “How will technology influence the news in 2012?” was written by Dan Gillmor, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 29th December 2011 16.20 UTC

At the beginning of 2011, aging dictators ruled Egypt and Libya, and despotism was the nearly unquestioned reality in most of the Middle East. The eurozone was seeing trouble at its edges, but wasn’t heading toward collapse. News International had successfully covered up most of its rampant bad acts, and Rupert Murdoch was on the verge of even greater control over British media and politics.

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