Social media

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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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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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Article

05 Sep 2017

The Regional Australia Institute and LinkedIn since 2016 have mapped data on local skills and job mobility of workers in eight regional Australian cities: Townsville, Sunshine Coast-Noosa, Greater Newcastle, Wollongong, Launceston, Darwin, Geelong and Hobart.

This work has been providing...

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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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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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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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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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Research report

27 Jul 2017

Facebook’s Free Basics program aims to help bridge the digital divide through a mobile-based platform that allows users to connect to a handful of online services free of charge. In a vision statement for the program, Facebook surmises that “[by] introducing people to the benefits of the...

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Journal article

12 Jul 2017

What can social media tell us about our patrons? We look at Yik Yak through the lens of library ethnography, suggesting that anonymous social media can reveal not only complaints and commentary about library services and spaces, but also uncover students’ emotional and social experience with...

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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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Journal article

21 Jun 2017

Twitter communication has permeated every sphere of society. To highlight and share small pieces of information with possibly vast audiences or small circles of the interested has some value in almost any aspect of social life. But what is the value exactly for a scientific field? We perform a...

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06 Jun 2017

In the wake of terrorist attacks in London, Manchester — and now Melbourne's shooting and siege — social media and online messaging sites are being called on to do more to crack down on online extremists.

Malcolm Turnbull has joined with British Prime Minister Theresa May in accusing...

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Journal article

22 May 2017

The opportunities afforded through digital and communications technologies, in particular social media, have inspired a diverse range of interdisciplinary perspectives exploring how such advancements influence the way we live. Rather than positioning technology as existing in a separate space to...

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Discussion paper

20 May 2017

The Australian Government has released a discussion paper for consultation on the prohibition of the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

The term ‘non-consensual sharing of intimate images’ refers to the sharing or distribution of an image or video of a person or persons portrayed...

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19 May 2017

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM) have published this report, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health, including a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s mental...

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Report

15 May 2017

Examines the availability and consumption of local content and local news in regional Australia.

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The 2017 report consolidates the findings drawn from three separate local content research projects undertaken by the ACMA in 2016:

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15 May 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) eighth annual report on scam activity highlights the significant harm scams continue to cause to the Australian community.

In 2016, the ACCC and the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) received a combined 200...

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15 May 2017

 

During this year’s National Consumer Fraud Week (15 - 19 May), Scamwatch is providing advice to Australians to help them ‘spot social media scams’.

Increasing numbers of Australians are encountering—and losing money to—scams on social media. If you use social media, we encourage...

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Commentary

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04 May 2017

A visitor to this country over the past week might wonder where, or in what year, he or she has landed. It’s now nine sleeps since ANZAC Day 2017, and hundreds of articles and hours of rolling outrage have been expended on a few words posted on Facebook by part-time ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-...

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Research report

03 May 2017

Recent shifts in the media ecosystem raise new concerns about the vulnerability of democratic societies to fake news and the public’s limited ability to contain it. Fake news as a form of misinformation benefits from the fast pace that information travels in today’s media ecosystem, in...

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