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Research report

1 Mar 2018

This Pew Research Center survey of American adults finds that the social media landscape in early 2018 is defined by a mix of long-standing trends and newly emerging narratives.

Discussion paper

26 Feb 2018

The ACCC encourages submissions responding to this issues paper from market participants, including media content creators/journalists, media outlets, digital platforms, advertisers, consumers, small businesses and industry associations.


13 Feb 2018

Following trends on social media, ShelterSA has published this opinion piece, covering the relationship between viral movements such as #MeToo, and gender inequality and power.

Research report

29 Jan 2018

As news organisations battle charges of 'fake news' and face low levels of trust from a skeptical public, this study suggests that news outlets still play the largest role in content that gets shared on Twitter, at least when it comes to one contentious issue...


23 Jan 2018

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.

Research report

4 Jan 2018

Pew Research Center surveys have found that online harassment is a common phenomenon in the digital lives of many Americans, and that a majority of Americans feel harassment online is a major problem. Even so, there is considerable debate over what online harassment actually means...

Research report

23 Nov 2017

This report investigates how social media, such as Facebook and YouTube, is being used in VET courses. Interviews with teachers, students and employers across three registered training organisations found that social media can help to improve student engagement and lead to more course completions.


29 Sep 2017

Collette Snowden takes a look at why Twitter is taking such a big risk, playing with the characteristic that defines and differentiates the service?



6 Sep 2017

67% of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media, according to this new survey from the Pew Research Center.



4 Sep 2017

The report outlines the results from a robust analysis of the data set on Twitter abuse against women MPs in the United Kingdom.

Journal article

24 Aug 2017

This article seeks to reveal researcher practices, attitudes, and motivations around uploading their work to ResearchGate and complying with an institutional OA Policy through a study of faculty at the University of Rhode Island.

Audio program

7 Aug 2017

Unions and civil liberties groups have described the federal government's new social media policy for public servants as reprehensible and absurd.


25 Jul 2017

The Big 4 are stifling competition and economic growth. Pro-business writers are joining the push to dilute their power, writes Brett Evans.

Journal article

12 Jul 2017

Looking at social media posts on Yik Yak, this article looks at common threads of social dynamics, expectations of quiet space, and frustration with studying, all of which increase our understanding of student experiences in US and international libraries.

Research report

22 Jun 2017

The Sensis Social Media report is an annual survey of 800 consumers, 1,000 SMBs and 100 large businesses on how they use social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Journal article

21 Jun 2017

This article outlines a comprehensive study of computer scientists using Twitter and their tweeting behavior concerning the sharing of web links.

Research report

15 May 2017

Media manipulation may contribute to decreased trust of mainstream media, increased misinformation, and further radicalization.



3 May 2017

What are the major drivers of Twitter take-up, in Australia and elsewhere? Do we connect around shared interests, shared location, or pre-existing offline relationships? And when, in the eleven-year history of the platform, did these structures form?

These are the questions that guided a...

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...

Research report

17 Jan 2017

This report finds that social media is one of the biggest opportunities that companies across industries have to connect directly to consumers.