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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

Audio interview

15 Sep 2017

Google and Facebook are to be investigated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission after a deal struck between the Federal Government and crossbench Senator Nick Xenophon.

The ACCC will examine the impact of the companies on the Australian media landscape.

Thomas...

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14 Sep 2017

The increasing presence of artificial intelligence and automated technology is changing journalism. While the term artificial intelligence dates back to the 1950s, and has since acquired several meanings, there is a general consensus around the nature of AI as the theory and development of...

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Audio program

14 Sep 2017

After weeks of negotiations, the Federal Government has secured the numbers to pass its media laws package, clearing the way for major mergers and acquisitions.

The Nick Xenophon Team agreed to support the Government's package, in exchange for a 60-million-dollar new fund for independent...

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Commentary

14 Sep 2017

The breakthrough in negotiations with the Senate crossbenchers that the government has been chipping away at has finally arrived.

The deregulatory legislation, the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (...

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Audio program

13 Sep 2017

There is no urgency for Ten Network creditors to sign off on a recommendation to sell the embattled broadcaster to the US television giant CBS, a court heard today.

Dr Andrew Bell SC for media baron Bruce Gordon says a deed of company arrangement (DOCA) with CBS does not expire until 15...

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Journal article

12 Sep 2017

Cyber-racism and other forms of cyber-bullying have become an increasing part of the internet mainstream, with 35% of Australian internet users witnessing such behaviour online. Cyber-racism poses a double challenge for effective regulation: a lack of consensus on how to define unacceptable...

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Discussion paper

11 Sep 2017

The ACMA’s Five-year spectrum outlook 2016–20 (FYSO), released in October 2016, sought feedback on a number of issues surrounding mobile broadband use of...

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Commentary

11 Sep 2017

As the Federal government attempts to reform Australia’s media ownership laws, evidence is emerging that journalists are moving away from the traditional watchdog role of the press towards satisfying the demands of audiences.

Decades of debate about whether journalists ought to give...

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Discussion paper

11 Sep 2017

The Copyright Regulations 1969 and the Copyright Tribunal (Procedure) Regulations 1969 are due to sunset on 1 April 2018.

This consultation process is intended to draw stakeholder views on whether the Copyright Regulations Exposure Draft and the TPM Regulations Exposure Draft (Exposure...

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Audio program

08 Sep 2017

The respected journalist, producer, presenter and author, Peter Luck, has died after a long and painful illness.

His close friend and fellow journalist Mike Carlton says Parkinson's Disease had a devastating impact on Peter Luck, a man who he hopes will be remembered as one of the giants...

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06 Sep 2017

As of August 2017, two-thirds (67%) of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media – with two-in-ten doing so often, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center. This is a modest increase since early 2016, when (during the height of the presidential...

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Presentation

05 Sep 2017

Research released ahead of the OzPod 2017 podcasting conference offers new insight into the listening habits of Australian podcasters. 

Podcasting is continuing to show strong growth in Australia. The second annual Podcast Research Survey was commissioned by ABC Audio Studios and ABC...

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04 Sep 2017

The analysis found that 2.85% of all tweets sent to women MPs between 1 January and 8 June were identified as abusive amounting to a total of 25 688 abusive tweets out of 900 223 total tweets.

The true positive rate, i.e. the tweets labelled as abusive by the model that are truly abusive...

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Commentary

04 Sep 2017

When a journalist moves from press secretary to press gallery reporter, it raises tricky ethical questions for news editors in the face of possible concerns about the former political staff member’s independence and partisanship.

For some editors, the risk of the returning journalist...

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Audio interview

30 Aug 2017

In the US, President Donald Trump has popularised the notion of 'fake news' — it's usually stories the President doesn't like in mainstream media.

More generally, 'fake news' is deliberately planted disinformation, designed to spread division or favourable propaganda, often generated by...

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29 Aug 2017

Digital health technologies have attracted much attention in the popular media and medical, health services and public health literature. While digital health technologies hold potential for improving health and medical care, there are many issues to be resolved in facilitating their provision...

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Audio program

28 Aug 2017

American broadcaster CBS has beaten out billionaires Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon to buy Network Ten.

The deal will see CBS introduce its own video on demand service.

It will also provide much-needed capital that will improve Channel Ten's prospects of not only retaining rights...

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Commentary

28 Aug 2017

Even before the march in Charlottesville turned violent, images of white supremacist demonstrators were posted on social media along with requests to identify them.

Many were named by Twitter and Facebook sleuths, complete with details of where they lived and worked. Some have reportedly ...

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Discussion paper

25 Aug 2017

The Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR) will undertake this review in consultation with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The review will examine the extent to which the Code promotes fair and efficient outcomes for both members and licensees of...

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Audio program

24 Aug 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose a proposed bid for the Ten Network by current shareholders, Bruce Gordon and Lachlan Murdoch.

ACCC Chairman, Rod Sims, says the News Corporation factor was the single debate when considering if the...

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