• Swiping away food waste

    Open Forum     |      January 30, 2021

    A QUT research project is examining how to measure the effectiveness of social media in reducing food waste.

  • The gloves are off

    Johan Lidberg     |      January 25, 2021

    The threats by Google and Facebook to withdraw services from Australia prove why a news media bargaining code is required.

  • Shining a light on the dark web

    Cecilia Duong     |      January 23, 2021

    The dark web is perceived as the underbelly of the internet world but it’s not all as negative as it may seem. The dark web isn’t only a hangout for criminals, as some journalists and political activists use it to safeguard their anonymity.

  • Free speech and the internet

    Denis Muller     |      January 21, 2021

    While the media face some extremely difficult decisions in today’s operating environment, they do not need to burden themselves with the belief that every decision not to publish is the violation of an inviolable right.

  • Images and distorted facts

    Mark Pearson     |      January 19, 2021

    We live in a dangerous age where the internet makes it possible to spread misinformation far and wide and many people lack the skills to discern fact from fiction. Here are five ways for us all to improve our media literacy and fact-checking skills.

  • Trump’s Twitter ban and the limits of free speech

    Conor McLaughlin     |      January 14, 2021

    Trump’s recent suspension from social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook raises questions about the limits of free speech in a functioning democracy. The recent move signals that while online platforms welcome debate, when it is accompanied by violence they must draw a line.

  • Shutting the stable doors of social media

    Timothy Graham     |      January 8, 2021

    The past few years have presented high stakes . Yet there have been plenty of opportunities to stop the situation snowballing to where it is now.

  • W.W.Whistleblowing

    Stephen McCombie     |      December 7, 2020

    The traditional divide between journalism and espionage has blurred, as has the boundary between the protection of national security, and the cover up of nefarious practices of politicians, tycoons, and bureaucrats.

  • Australia’s electoral system isn’t immune to US-style conspiracy theories

    Elise Thomas     |      November 25, 2020

    Australia should build trust in the electoral system through awareness campaigns to educate the public on the voting process, how their votes are counted and the steps being taken to ensure systems are secure.

  • Fighting fake news with humour

    Lennon Chang     |      November 25, 2020

    A range of approaches is required to limit the production and dissemination of questionable content, and officialdom needs to change the way it communicates in the digital age, including the use of humour.

  • Tackling disinformation on social media platforms

    Ariel Bogle     |      November 19, 2020

    The speed with which falsehoods can outpace truth and spread around the world has been noted since the 18th century, but the Republican spin campaign to dispute the 2020 Presidential election result has again highlighted the role of social media platforms in spreading – or limiting – ‘fake news’.

  • The struggle for truth in the era of deep-fakes

    Gordon Weiss     |      November 16, 2020

    When our senses are drowned in a flood of dubious images how will we make the truth more resilient to maintain stable governance, trust in institutions and faith in the evening news?