• 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.

  • The global disinformation order

    Philip Howard     |      December 2, 2019

    We once hoped that social media would help bring down dictatorships, but the use of social media by authoritarian countries to spread their propaganda around the world is actually undermining democratic nations.

  • Are legal curbs coming for social media?

    Michael Douglas     |      November 28, 2019

    Defamation law reform may see social media companies held liable for what they publish, but while this would be good for lawyers, it might be chilling for free speech.

  • Face to face with Facebook

    Nasya Bahfen     |      November 20, 2019

    Beleaguered social network Facebook is charging ahead with plans for world domination despite falling public trust in its administration and multiple investigations by lawmakers in the US.

  • Is social media harming our kids?

    Alexandra Hansen     |      November 19, 2019

    Social media is a ubiquitous part of life, especially for our “digitally-native” children and adolescents, but is it causing more harm than good? 5 experts weigh in on the topic in this special feature article.

  • Who owns your content on social media?

    Emi Berry     |      October 29, 2019

    Hardly anyone reads the contract terms when joining social media platforms, and so few users realise they are giving away their rights to their own material in the small print.

  • 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.

  • That Instagram post may cost you more than you think

    Chris Culnane     |      August 23, 2019

    We don’t really know how social media posts are being used or evaluated by banks. We need greater transparency around exactly how our data will be used and the ability to challenge decisions.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Facebook’s new crush on its users

    Open Forum     |      June 21, 2019

    The social media giant is entering the dating app market, but will it be seen as yet another invasion of privacy or a fun way to help shy people get together?