Digital media

Research report

20 Nov 2017

In September 2017 we surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,000 young Australians aged 8-16 years to understand their news engagement practices and experiences. The analysis provided in this report considers the overall results and compares this with results filtered specifically to account for gender...

Research report

7 Nov 2017

This report presents the main findings of the third consumer survey of online copyright infringement amongst Australians aged 12+, conducted in March 2017. The survey asked respondents to think about activities they had undertaken in the past three months, which broadly corresponds to the...

Discussion paper

15 Sep 2017

For over a decade, the U.S. Copyright Office and other groups have explored the operation of section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act (exceptions for libraries and archives) with an eye toward updating the provision for the digital age. After more recent study and review,...


5 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 Audience Insights....


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 government sent...

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...

Research report

1 Jun 2017

In Fall 2016, over 6000 students used a Wikipedia-based assignment in lieu of a traditional paper assignment. We conducted a mixed methods research study using surveys and focus groups to study attitudes, context, and skills transfer. Surveys employed a variety of quantitative and qualitative questions...


12 Apr 2017

This research analyses the manifestation of fāgogo – an indigenous form of Samoan storytelling – in the digital media of Aotearoa. It argues that digital media and their associated frameworks have the potential to supplement historical fāgogo practices, nurturing cultural identity through connection in the...

Research report

7 Apr 2017

A Field Guide to Fake News explores the use of digital methods to trace the production, circulation and reception of fake news online.

It is a project of the Public Data Lab with support from First Draft.

An open access sample of...



7 Mar 2017

The ABC will cut 20% of management positions and lose 200 staff by June, in what ABC Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie, calls a tough strategy to bring transformational change to the national broadcaster.

The job losses will start immediately in support areas in the...

Audio podcast

5 Mar 2017

Trimming the Fat from 24 Hour News

Decode the News is a podcast thats focused on breaking down the week's major news stories on a critical level, and giving you cutting edge sociological tools to better help you critically consume the media.



24 Feb 2017

The Deputy Chair of the Productivity Commission presented this speech on copyright and fair use to the Australian Digital Alliance Forum.


Good morning. Thank you Professor Giblin and congratulations on the launch of yours and Professor Weatherall’s book – What If...

Audio interview

23 Feb 2017

After much speculation, Fairfax Media has finally confirmed it's bidding farewell its digital rivers of gold.

The publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review is planning to list its lucrative real estate website Domain on the stock exchange...

Audio podcast

14 Feb 2017

Facebook dominates any conversation about media in 2017. Whether it's an examination of its role in disseminating journalism, its status as a vector for 'fake news' or its position as one of the digital advertising duopoly, it's an unmissable feature of the media landscape. In...

Blog post

6 Feb 2017

Digital media played a prominent role in the recent US presidential election, with social media platforms channelling previously fringe universes of political culture, rooted in populism and post-truth politics, right into the mainstream of US political discourse. Meanwhile, traditional mechanisms, from polling to mainstream media,...

Blog post

20 Jan 2017

Why did quality media lose peoples trust? Why is a big part of the audience listening more to lies and accusations than to well curated and fact based journalism?

At a lecture given to a visiting group of leading Danish reporters and editors at...

Research report

12 Jan 2017

This year’s key developments will centre on fears about how changing technology is affecting the quality of information and the state of our democracy. The arrival of Donald Trump in the White House and elections in France and Germany will highlight the increasing power of...


19 Dec 2016

NiemanLab asked some of the smartest people in journalism and digital media what they think is coming in the next 12 months. Here’s what they had to say.



13 Dec 2016

With Facebook coming under significant scrutiny for its perceived role in the US election as a conduit for fake news and hate speech, Leighton Andrews, Professor of Public Service Leadership and Innovation at Cardiff Business School, a former Welsh Government Minister and a former head...

Blog post

21 Nov 2016

David Souter discusses some of the key topics explored at the Internet Governance Forum that was held on 17 November in London, including:

the role that social media plays in young people’s relationships with one another, parents, schools and life experience; and political engagement...