• Tackling digital extremism

    Melissa-Ellen Dowling     |      October 6, 2022

    The digital revolution has made extremist ideas more widely accessible, visible, and potentially more relatable and palatable but digital technologies are also an indispensable part of the solution to this growing problem for liberal democracy.

  • Telling it straight

    Andreea Calude     |      September 9, 2022

    A new bill in New Zealand will encourage the use of clear English by the public service, following trends set in the USA, the UK and elsewhere.

  • The trouble with Twitter

    Richard Forno     |      September 5, 2022

    Twitter’s former security chief, Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, has accused the microblogging platform company of serious security failings.

  • Overshare

    Vanessa Cooper     |      September 1, 2022

    Social media are increasingly blurring the lines between our personal and professional lives, leaving us at risk of posting sensitive information that could have ramifications far beyond our “friends” list.

  • #EmptyOldTrafford

    Alex Fenton     |      August 19, 2022

    Sentiment analysis of Twitter posts can reveal social trends far more quickly than traditional methods, be they international issues, political spats or sporting controversies.

  • Fakes, facts and flame outs

    Mathieu O Neil     |      August 13, 2022

    Hostile governments, conspiracy theorists and politically motivated individuals use social media to spread lies for profit or to gain a strategic advantage, so what can we do to protect ourselves?

  • Generation meme

    Intifar Chowdhury     |      August 7, 2022

    Research into media consumption shows that young people learn about politics through tweets, spoofs and memes today, rather than school, civic organisations and the traditional media.

  • Better politics requires better reporting

    Denis Muller     |      August 3, 2022

    If politics really is to be done differently, as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has promised, then the way politics is reported will need to be done differently too.

  • Cast iron facts about tin-foil hats

    Open Forum     |      July 29, 2022

    It may seem like more and more people are falling prey to increasingly bizarre conspiracy theories such as QAnon and flat Earth ‘theory’, but such beliefs may actually not have increased over time, according to US and UK researchers.

  • Post at your professional peril

    Brady Robards     |      July 27, 2022

    What people post on social media in their private lives can affect their professional reputation and, rightly or not, even cost them their jobs.

  • TikTok Australia should come clean about its data

    Open Forum     |      July 15, 2022

    TikTok is a Chinese company and it remains very evasive about whether user data is handed over to the Chinese Communist Party – which means it probably is.

  • Who’s afraid of the big bad advert?

    Cassie Hayward     |      June 14, 2022

    Advertising which plays to our fears is a favourite of public health agencies as well as politicians, but how effective are hard hitting campaigns in changing public behaviour?