• Snarky tweets and national security

    Tim Watts     |      October 3, 2019

    The most common form of interference in democratic elections isn’t direct tampering with results but disinformation campaigns to undermine candidates, increase polarisation and reduce public trust in institutions.

  • Victoria moves to curb online abuse

    Jay Daniel Thompson     |      October 2, 2019

    Proposed laws in Victoria to curb online trolling, hateful tweets and death threats could be a step in the right direction to protect people from abuse while maintaining freedom of speech.

  • In praise of democracy’s detectives

    Bill Birnbauer     |      September 24, 2019

    The news for journalism in the past decade has been decidedly glum but investigative journalism – the highest form of the craft – is actually in a healthy state.

  • Twitter and Facebook counter China’s information onslaught

    Jake Wallis     |      August 22, 2019

    The bans on Chinese propaganda accounts by Twitter and Facebook highlights how the Chinese government uses media power to shape the narrative and project its own interests.

  • Friends, Romans, fake news

    David McInnis     |      August 15, 2019

    In a world of ‘alternative facts’ and spin, Shakespeare’s plays can help teach us how to grasp complexity and expose manipulation.

  • Journalism is in crisis but public funding could help

    Margaret Simons     |      August 1, 2019

    The recent ACCC report argues that journalism is a public good in crisis, and so there is ample justification for government action.

  • There’s no saving traditional news

    Amanda Lotz     |      July 31, 2019

    Understanding the forces that drive the online economy is crucial for Australia’s policy makers and citizens.  Economic reality means that while we can put a leash on Google and Facebook, there’s no saving the traditional news model.

  • ACCC turns its guns on the digital platforms

    Caron Beaton-Wells     |      July 30, 2019

    While there are no quick fixes, the ACCC’s final report into digital platforms in Australia finds that powerful tech giants like Google and Facebook warrant close competition scrutiny.

  • Fixing Facebook

    Sarah Joseph     |      July 15, 2019

    If Facebook was an experiment in creating a true “marketplace of ideas,” the results are disappointing, naively utopian and sometimes dangerous. Yet the platform has no easy solution for the daunting problem of moderating its two billion subscribers.

  • Governments are making fake news a crime – but will it stifle free speech?

    Alana Schetzer     |      July 10, 2019

    Whenever governments get involved in policing the media – even for the best-intended reasons – there is always the possibility of corruption and a reduction in genuine free speech.

  • Cash for clicks?

    Leon Gettler     |      July 8, 2019

    The decision of the Herald Sun to pay its journalists cash bonuses for extra page views and subscriptions could have major implications for the future of the news industry and its role in our democracy.

  • The problems of policing the post-Christchurch internet

    Open Forum     |      June 29, 2019

    The Australian Parliament has passed legislation to punish social media platforms showing violent videos, but is the reaction to the Christchurch massacre right in principle and can it be effective in practice?