• Fake news can be fatal

    Carlo Kopp     |      March 28, 2020

    The deluge of fake news around coronavirus is a pandemic in itself, and if enough fake news consumers act upon the false beliefs or uncertainties being spread, it has the potential to be just as lethal.

  • The virus of misinformation

    Elise Thomas     |      March 28, 2020

    Chinese and Russian propaganda which skews the Coronavirus outbreak against the West is being shared and spread by Western conspiracy theorists and threatens to undermine the fight against the disease, as well as rewrite its origins to turn fact into fiction.

  • Worried yet? 5 ways to manage news consumption

    Mark Pearson     |      March 16, 2020

    Coronavirus is dominating the headlines and social media feeds, and not all the information out there is true. Relying on trusted, evidence-based sources is the best way to keep informed as the situation develops.

  • Is trolling freedom of speech?

    Jay Daniel Thompson     |      March 13, 2020

    The internet and social media offer everyone a chance to air their views, but should people’s ability to ‘troll’ others simply to stir up anger be curtailed to protect people from harm?

  • Another blow to media diversity

    Julie Tullberg     |      March 7, 2020

    AAP has been a bastion of regional coverage, and a vital infusion into increasingly stretched newsrooms. This voice will disappear in June, further diminishing media diversity in Australia, as less original factual news will be produced.

  • The truth v. good stories

    Open Forum     |      March 3, 2020

    From hashtags to deepfakes, Dr Cameron Edmond from the UNSW Faculty of Art & Design addresses how to navigate the murky waters of online misinformation.

  • Bushfires, bots and the spread of disinformation

    Elise Thomas     |      January 16, 2020

    As fire wreaked havoc across large swathes of the country, online Australia battled another crisis in the form of waves of misinformation and disinformation sweeping across social media.

  • When truth goes up in flames

    Mark Andrejevic     |      January 11, 2020

    The horrific tragedy of recent and ongoing Australian bushfires has highlighted the connection between threats to the natural environment and the media environment, through which misinformation and disinformation is spreading like, well, wildfire.

  • How a month at sea weaned me from technology

    Robert Hassan     |      January 4, 2020

    Australians spend a ridiculous 10 hours a day on their phones and computers, and while most people can’t take a month at sea to get away from it all, simple steps to ‘digitally detox’ can help us all get our lives back.

  • Is social media addictive?

    Open Forum     |      December 17, 2019

    Is social media addictive? Really, truly addictive? Is it so compelling and rewarding for some excessive users that it affects behaviour and choices in “real” life, like substance abuse and gambling?

  • The Digital Platforms Inquiry gets a lukewarm government response

    Katharine Kemp     |      December 15, 2019

    The ACCC’s inquiry was launched to address concerns about the market power of major digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, and their impact on Australia’s businesses and media.

  • Teens should ‘get smart’ about social media

    Open Forum     |      December 13, 2019

    New research indicates that social media is leading young adolescent girls and boys down a worrying path towards developing body image issues and eating disorder behaviours – even though they are smartphone savvy.