This report details the ACCC’s recommendations, actions and findings in relation to a broad range of communications services, including broadband and voice services, aggregation and transmission services, data centres and content delivery networks and the internet of things.
Communication and Media
Media literacy has become a center of gravity for countering “fake news,” and a diverse array of stakeholders – from educators to legislators, philanthropists to technologists – have pushed significant resources toward media literacy programs.
This report is intended to inform platforms, news organizations, media makers, and others who do not ask whether standards for media content should be set, but rather who should set them, who should enforce them, and what entity should hold platforms, the media industry, states,...
This chronology is the second of a series which traces the story of media ownership concentration and control in Australia since 1901. The chronology in general focusses on government policies and regulations that have responded to, or attempted to pre-empt, a trend towards concentration that...
The Department of Communications and the Arts is seeking submissions from stakeholders on the draft findings and recommendations outlined in this draft report, and any other issues relevant to the inquiry terms of reference.
The book publishing landscape has changed considerably in recent years, with a rise in the popularity of self-publishing, the entry and growth of new, 'fee-for-service' presses, and the availability of self-publishing platforms on booksellers’ online sites.
Copyright safe harbours can be a useful policy tool. They help ensure that exposure to copyright liability doesn’t inhibit socially or economically useful activity, such as developing internet infrastructure.
The Online Infringement Amendment (OIA) enables a copyright owner to apply to the Federal Court to block access to an online location operated outside Australia with the primary purpose of infringing (or facilitating infringement of) copyright content. This review supports the Australian government’s commitment to...
This edition includes contributions on issues at the heart of the new government’s policy agenda, commencing with three future-focused issues: the implications of the digital revolution, the crucial role of technology platforms in economic development, and recent efforts to enhance foresight in policy-making.
Talk of ‘platforms’ – or the ‘sharing economy’ – sometimes seems to be ubiquitous. But how significant is this model, and what kinds of policy and regulatory issues is it raising?
This inquiry was initiated to look into the current state of public interest journalism in Australia and globally, to consider what the role government should play in assisting the sector in meeting the challenges and capitalising on the opportunities of the digital age.
Former New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Anthony Whealy believes the federal government's proposed new secret laws could see ABC reporters jailed for 15 years for handling sensitive government information such as the so called "Cabinet files".
Mr Whealy is Chairman of Transparency International,...
This paper examines the potential benefits and pitfalls of mobile phones for accessing social services, particularly in response to gender-based violence, in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
This issues paper looks at issues around the structure of the .au namespace, reserved or prohibited domain names, and eligibility for and allocation of domain names including what rules should apply to direct registration of .au domain names.
The auDA 2017 Policy Review Panel...
This report argues that the central problem of disinformation corrupting American political culture is not Russian spies or a particular social media platform. The central problem is that the entire industry is built to leverage sophisticated technology to aggregate user attention and sell advertising.
The Government is disappointed that after considering 191 submissions; holding 15 public hearings; receiving testimony from 179 witnesses; and undertaking three site visits, the Committee’s majority report and recommendations indicates a failure to understand the fundamentals of the NBN.
Australia's media market has long been under pressure and now the only national children's newspaper, Crinkling News, has printed its last edition.
Amid the changing informational landscape, media trust in the U.S. has been eroding, making it harder for the news media to fulfill their democratic responsibilities of informing the public and holding government leaders accountable.
This research report has been promoted as the first scientific, data-based study of Americans’ exposure to fake news in the month surrounding the 2016 U.S. election.
Publishing by organisations has proliferated in the digital era, becoming a key tool in influencing public debate and part of the evidence-base for public policy and practice, yet it is often overlooked as a form of scholarly publishing. This paper looks at the way organisations...
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