• Australia v X

    Tanvi Nair     |      May 22, 2024

    The Australian news cycle has been dominated by the fight between the Australian eSafety Commissioner and Elon Musk’s X Corp (Twitter). As their battle continues to play out, the question of who controls the internet is thrust into the public debate once again.

  • RIP Internet?

    Vlada Rozova     |      May 21, 2024

    The “dead internet” theory argues that AI and bot-generated content has come to dominate content generation and advertising impressions, leaving real people superfluous to its zombie-like functioning.

  • Review bombing

    Nick Hajli     |      May 17, 2024

    Customer reviews on the internet have long been corrupted by shills, Google’s advertising schemes and SEO optimisation, but a tsunami of AI generated garbage is now rendering them useless unless users exercise great care.

  • The discrete charms of the analogue world

    Michael Beverland     |      May 16, 2024

    The backlash against digitisation, artificial intelligence and the appropriation of human culture by a handful of technology giants is exemplified by a growing interest in classic analogue synths, rather than their soulless digital successors.

  • Under siege

    Geoff Heriot     |      May 15, 2024

    The growing cyber, foreign interference, and disinformation threat from hostile state and non-state actors motivates a call for Australia to use all tools of statecraft to help shape the information space.

  • Online advertising, not social media, killed traditional journalism

    Amanda Lotz     |      May 6, 2024

    Traditional newspapers relied on advertising revenue to subsidise their journalism and so when most adverts shifted online, journalism suffered as a result, and this – rather than the rise of social media – is the crucial factor.

  • Real journalists can lead the war against deepfakes

    Alexandra Wake     |      May 4, 2024

    This year is vital for democracy and AI is already wreaking havoc on a news landscape struggling to cope with a range of other threats and crisis.

  • Navigating the minefield of misinformation

    Andrew Perfors     |      April 11, 2024

    We’re bombarded with misinformation by criminal scammers, foreign governments and ideological zealots, but we can make it easier to identify and avoid by being aware of our own biases and emotions.

  • Compassion fatigue

    Debbie Ling     |      April 6, 2024

    There’s so much bad news that people are avoiding news sites, programmes and newspapers, as there’s a limit to how much war, violence, famine and hatred they can take, so appealing to people’s sense of compassion may hold the key to keeping them informed and even taking action to fix our troubled world.

  • Anger management

    Sebastian F. K. Svegaard     |      March 10, 2024

    Our political worldview is becoming less about what we think and more about what we feel. There’s a reason for that.

  • Fear and loathing in Australia

    Victoria Fielding     |      March 4, 2024

    As we muddle through the complexities of the 21st century, progress appears to be stifled by a media keen on angering its audience, rather than informing them.

  • The enemy within

    David Wroe     |      March 4, 2024

    Tucker Carlson’s lickspittle ‘interview’ with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin was yet another shot fired by Russia and his American apologists in the propaganda war against Ukraine and NATO, but what more can be done to counter the disinformation campaigns undermining Western democracies?