• Facebook shoots itself in the foot

    Diana Bossio     |      February 19, 2021

    Facebook’s ban on Australian news is winning it no friends around the world, and may force it to return to its original purpose of facilitating personal connection and social networking, rather than posing as a forum for public information.

  • Facebook v Australia

    Mary Griffiths     |      February 18, 2021

    Facebook has banned Australian news content from its site, while Google is cutting deals with major Australian news organisations in response to Federal government plans to force international internet giants to pay for the news shared on their sites.

  • Misinformation kills

    Open Forum     |      January 30, 2021

    Australian authorities have done a good job in controlling the pandemic, but misinformation as well as administrative incompetence was a major factor in why the USA allowed COVID to spiral out of control.

  • 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.