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Communication and 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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Communication and Media

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23 Oct 2017

The Mobilong Prison Radio pilot was an action research community project conducted at Mobilong Prison in April 2017, funded by a Department of Correctional Services SA Community Grant.

The project involved a series of radio production workshops with a group of ten prisoners, and...

Audio program

22 Oct 2017

5G is the next generation of mobile network and it's currently being trialled in Australia. It's due to be rolled out in 2020, and a new report by Deloitte says it’s more than “just the next mobile upgrade”.

It will deliver faster speeds than...

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Annual Report

20 Oct 2017

Note that figures in tables and in the text of this report may be rounded. Figures in the text are generally rounded to one decimal place, while those in tables are generally rounded to the nearest thousand. Discrepancies in tables between totals and sums of components are due to rounding....

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19 Oct 2017

Theme 1: The information environment will not improve: The problem is human nature
Theme 2: The information environment will not improve because technology will create new challenges that can’t or won’t be countered effectively and at scale
Theme 3: The information environment will...

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Annual Report

18 Oct 2017

In 2016-17, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman developed a new strategy. This clear plan with four focused goals reaffirms the Board’s commitment to the Benchmarks for Industry-based Customer Dispute Resolution. For residential consumers, small businesses and...

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18 Oct 2017

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman has released its annual report today. For the first time ever, complaints about internet services are higher than complaints about mobile phones.

The TIO says that its recorded more than 60,000...

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17 Oct 2017

5G is the next generation of mobile networks. More than an upgrade, 5G will complement the broader network ecosystem, working with the latest mobile networks, and broadband infrastructure to create more seamless connectivity.

Every previous generation of mobile telecommunications networks...

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Commentary

13 Oct 2017

The BBC charter is up for renewal, and members of senior and middle management have been co-opted into a working group “to identify what the BBC does best and find more ways of doing less of it better.” Actually, that’s fake news — or news fiction. It’s a summary of the first episode in the...

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Strategy

12 Oct 2017

5G is the next step in the evolution of mobile wireless communications technology, promising improved connectivity, greater network speeds and bandwidth, and very low latency. The government considers that 5G is more than an incremental change for mobile communications. Rather, it will enable...

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Audio program

11 Oct 2017

As the probe continues into whether Russia interfered in the US presidential election, there is growing concern about the impact of artificial intelligence on the global media landscape.

The World Today speaks to British media and human rights lawyer, Mark Stephens, about the use of 'bots...

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10 Oct 2017

The last year has again demonstrated the growing public appetite to understand and defend against the evolving cyber threats facing Australia. High profile incidents of cybercrime have exemplified the speed with which cyber threats can propagate globally, how rapidly adversaries can adapt to...

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Commentary

04 Oct 2017

Globalisation, the digital age and promises of democratic reform once inspired hope that a fresh era of press freedom was about to dawn across Southeast Asia. But two decades after the arrival of the internet those hopes have dwindled amid deteriorating standards.

Underscoring this trend...

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Research report

02 Oct 2017

There’s a dizzying array of data available about the habits of Australian television watchers. To help inform policy and business decision makers – and the public – this report focuses on how children are watching free-to-air commercial TV.

The key finding is that far fewer kids aged 0 to...

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29 Sep 2017

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network (the committee) was established on 14 September 2016, pursuant to the agreement of the House of Representatives and the Senate, to inquire into and report on the rollout of the National Broadband Network. 

The committee's...

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29 Sep 2017

The telephone universal service obligation (USO) requires that Telstra provides all Australians with ‘reasonable access’ to standard telephone services and payphones on an ‘equitable basis’. Telstra has had some form of statutory USO for several decades.

In 2012, the USO was incorporated...

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Commentary

29 Sep 2017

The 140-character message limit has defined Twitter. But the company is now experimenting with its format, doubling the length of some users’ tweets to 280 characters. Why are they taking such an enormous risk, playing with the characteristic that defines and differentiates the service?

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21 Sep 2017

Veteran political journalist, Laurie Oakes, says Australian politics is floundering because contemporary politicians lack the wit and bravery of great former leaders such as Paul Keating.

In a speech to the Melbourne Press Club on 15 September, Oakes said Malcolm Turnbull and his...

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Audio program

19 Sep 2017

It's the preferred platform of the Leader of the Free World, but to some politicians in Australia, Twitter isn't worth the energy.

Overnight, Federal Labor MP, Ed Husic, announced that he'd posted his final tweet, and some on the government benches say they understand why.

But...

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Commentary

18 Sep 2017

What do you know about the federal government’s media package, passed last week by the Senate?

Probably: that the votes of the Nick Xenophon Team’s senators and the amendments of their leader were crucial to the bill’s passing.

Probably: that the “whole media industry” supported...

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Commentary

16 Sep 2017

A few months ago, Nick Xenophon approached me and the editors of other smaller independent and regional media companies with a reasonable question.

If the senator was to back the government’s plan to scrap rules protecting diversity of media ownership in Australia, paving the way for...

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