• Social media detox

    Roger Patulny     |      March 11, 2021

    Short-lived as it was, Facebook’s removal of Australian news raised interesting questions about our dependence on social media and whether we can do without it.

  • Disinformation threatens evidence-based policy making

    Gillian Savage     |      March 1, 2021

    The prime minister says the public service needs to focus on ‘getting the right data, the right evidence, and the right reporting’. More importantly, a reliable evidence base supports a sharper focus on long-term thinking and planning.

  • How tech giants swallowed the web

    Jennifer Grygiel     |      February 28, 2021

    When Facebook disabled Australians’ access to news articles on its platform, and blocked sharing of articles from Australian news organizations, the company moved a step closer to killing the World Wide Web.

  • Facebook could face serious consequences over news ban

    Craig Donaldson     |      February 20, 2021

    Facebook’s botched takedown of content publishers yesterday will likely have serious reputational and commercial consequences for the social media platform, says UNSW Business School’s Rob Nicholls.

  • Feel like breaking up with Facebook?

    David Tuffley     |      February 19, 2021

    Users of Open Forum’s Facebook page will note it has been stripped of content by the American social media giant. By way of celebration, here’s a user friendly guide on ridding Facebook from your life as well.

  • 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.