• Tech giants put the squeeze on Russia

    Rob Nicholls     |      March 8, 2022

    The high sounding moral principles often espoused by major technology firms seldom reflect their actual activities or intentions, but even the ‘big 5’ are now putting the squeeze on an increasingly isolated Russia.

  • Will Facebook pull news from its Australian site?

    Rob Nicholls     |      September 2, 2020

    Facebook has announced it will ban publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram if a proposal to force tech giants to pay for news becomes law.

  • A lifeline for Australian media?

    Rob Nicholls     |      August 3, 2020

    Cash strapped Australian media companies have been thrown a lifeline through a new draft code which allows them to bargain – individually or collectively – with Google and Facebook to be paid for the content they provide.

  • Why you paid more for your plane ticket than your neighbour

    Rob Nicholls     |      October 11, 2018

    Price discrimination is legal in Australia where sellers will typically pick an opening price based on the likelihood that someone will pay it. If you check a website multiple times for a flight on a specific date, the seller might assume this is the only date you’re interested in and increase the price on offer.