Communication & Media

This collection investigates the evolution of media, content and communication and the impact of online and mobile systems. The collection is curated and supported by the News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra.

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The News & Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra, investigates the evolution of media, content and communication and the impact of online and mobile systems.
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Communication & Media

Audio interview

08 Aug 2017

The Coalition is locked in talks with the Greens and One Nation to ensure its media reform bill passes the Senate.

The long-awaited bill is due for debate this week, and it can't come soon enough for the struggling TV network Channel Ten. If the bill passes, it will clear the way for...

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Audio program

07 Aug 2017

Unions and civil liberties groups have described the federal government's new social media policy for public servants as reprehensible and absurd, saying it could even be in breach of the Constitution.

The new policy prohibits the liking or sharing of anti-government material on any...

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Commentary

07 Aug 2017

If you think it isn’t long since your smartphone started using 4G, you’re right. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone switched on their networks between 2011 and 2013. Adoption was rapid. By the end of 2014, 40 per cent of Australia’s mobile customers were using 4G, although Optus has only recently shut...

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Research report

01 Aug 2017

The ADII has been created 
to measure the level of digital inclusion across the Australian population and to monitor this level over time. Using data collected by Roy Morgan Research, the ADII has been developed through a collaborative partnership between RMIT University, Swinburne University of...

Article

01 Aug 2017

The transformation of Australia’s telecom industry has created a unique opportunity to connect all Australians with high-speed broadband and recast the playing field of the nation’s telecommunications retail market. By doing so, the belief is that with an infrastructure that will reach every...

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Commentary

25 Jul 2017

Every other day the web page of the world’s number one search engine features a cute cartoon to celebrate something like World Chocolate Day or the woman who invented potato flour; occasionally it’s even animated. It’s designed to make Google look like a happy kingdom of approachable hipsters,...

Journal article

21 Jul 2017

This paper argues that ‘fake news’ is endemic to ‘information society’ as a whole, not just the internet or news media. It is part of daily experience, generated by established patterns of communication, social group categorisation, framing, and patterns of power. These disruptions are...

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Discussion paper

20 Jul 2017

This ASIC Enforcement Review Taskforce position paper outlines reforms to enhance ASIC’s access to telephone intercepts for the investigation and prosecution of serious corporate law offences.

Commonwealth legislation prohibits access to material sourced from live stream communications...

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Report

10 Jul 2017

In this era of unprecedented digital surveillance and widespread political upheaval, the data stored on our cell phones, laptops, and especially our online services are a magnet for government actors seeking to track citizens, journalists, and activists.

In 2016, the United States...

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Working paper

10 Jul 2017

The release of this research was part of the announcement by the Minister for Communications, noting that the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has surpassed the half-way mark, meaning more than 50% of Australian homes and businesses can now access fast, affordable high-speed...

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Report

30 Jun 2017

Violence against women and its prevention are legitimate topics of public interest and research shows that media reporting on the issue in Australia is extensive. This research identified that while some aspects of reporting on violence against women in Australia are changing for the better,...

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Commentary

29 Jun 2017

The idea that governments should provide financial assistance to news publishers is receiving more serious consideration in Australia than at any time in living memory. At the heart of the Senate inquiry into the Future of Public Interest Journalism, established in May in the wake of another...

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Working paper

29 Jun 2017

Public service broadcasters (PSBs) frequently have to decide how to invest in digital to reach more diverse and younger audiences, whilst not alienating loyal audiences and political stakeholders or antagonising commercial providers.

This working paper The ABC: A Case Study in...

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Report

27 Jun 2017

Audit objective and criteria

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Human Services’ implementation of myGov as at November 2016. To form a conclusion against this objective, the ANAO adopted the following high level audit criteria...

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Audio interview

22 Jun 2017

There's often a lot of criticism that the news is negative and depressing, and a new study has found that more than half of Australian audiences sometimes avoid it, because of that. The survey has also found an increasing number of us are getting our...

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Research report

22 Jun 2017

Sensis surveyed 800 Australian consumers and 1,100 Australian businesses to continue this landmark study on how social media channels are being used.

This year, the report has been released in two chapters, with the consumer survey results contained in Chapter 1 and the business survey...

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Research report

22 Jun 2017

56 per cent of adult Australians try to avoid the news occasionally or often, according to the Digital News Report: Australia 2017, the latest national online survey of news consumption.

The main reasons provided by news avoiders were: that news can have a...

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Guide

21 Jun 2017

This Quick Guide provides a listing of online information for sources relevant to Australian media and communications legislation, standards, policy and industry advocacy.

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Audio interview

20 Jun 2017

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank speaks to RN Breakfast about the battle between the Donald Trump and the press, "fake" news and the media war for the hearts and minds of Americans.

In the immediate aftermath of last week's shooting of US Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, there...

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Commentary

19 Jun 2017

We are living through a period of fragmentation and polarisation in public discourse on a scale mankind has not before experienced. By far the greatest fragmenting and polarising force is social media.

An increasing proportion of the population, especially those under 40, get their news...

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