Communication

Audio interview

08 Aug 2017

The Coalition is locked in talks with the Greens and One Nation to ensure its media reform bill passes the Senate.

The long-awaited bill is due for debate this week, and it can't come soon enough for the struggling TV network Channel Ten. If the bill passes, it will clear the way for...

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Briefing paper

08 Aug 2017

In December 2016, RAND and the National Security College at The Australian National University partnered to facilitate a cyber security–focused 360º Discovery Exercise in Canberra.

Key findings

  • An interdisciplinary exercise generated three overarching policy
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Commentary

07 Aug 2017

If you think it isn’t long since your smartphone started using 4G, you’re right. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone switched on their networks between 2011 and 2013. Adoption was rapid. By the end of 2014, 40 per cent of Australia’s mobile customers were using 4G, although Optus has only recently shut...

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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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Journal article

02 Aug 2017

Despite growing interest in Open Access (OA) to scholarly literature, there is an unmet need for large-scale, up-to-date, and reproducible studies assessing the prevalence and characteristics of OA. We address this need using oaDOI, an open online service that determines OA status for 67 million...

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Journal article

01 Aug 2017

This article is the third in a series on general practice research in Australia. The series explores strategies to strengthen general practice research and further develop the evidence base for primary care.

Background

Data linkage has been defined as ‘the bringing...

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Article

01 Aug 2017

The transformation of Australia’s telecom industry has created a unique opportunity to connect all Australians with high-speed broadband and recast the playing field of the nation’s telecommunications retail market. By doing so, the belief is that with an infrastructure that will reach every...

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Research report

01 Aug 2017

The ADII has been created 
to measure the level of digital inclusion across the Australian population and to monitor this level over time. Using data collected by Roy Morgan Research, the ADII has been developed through a collaborative partnership between RMIT University, Swinburne University of...

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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Article

25 Jul 2017

Since the ABC published an essay on domestic violence and the Christian church in Australia last week, we've seen a far-ranging conversation about the way the church responds to victims of abuse in their midst.

There has been some confusion about what the research tells us, so the ABC...

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Commentary

25 Jul 2017

Every other day the web page of the world’s number one search engine features a cute cartoon to celebrate something like World Chocolate Day or the woman who invented potato flour; occasionally it’s even animated. It’s designed to make Google look like a happy kingdom of approachable hipsters,...

Journal article

21 Jul 2017

This paper argues that ‘fake news’ is endemic to ‘information society’ as a whole, not just the internet or news media. It is part of daily experience, generated by established patterns of communication, social group categorisation, framing, and patterns of power. These disruptions are...

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Discussion paper

20 Jul 2017

This ASIC Enforcement Review Taskforce position paper outlines reforms to enhance ASIC’s access to telephone intercepts for the investigation and prosecution of serious corporate law offences.

Commonwealth legislation prohibits access to material sourced from live stream communications...

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Database

14 Jul 2017

We digitise and archive records of the many small languages of the world. We have worked to ensure that the archive can provide access to interested communities and conforms to international standards for digital archiving. While our original focus was the Asia-Pacific region, we now hold...

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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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Working paper

10 Jul 2017

The release of this research was part of the announcement by the Minister for Communications, noting that the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has surpassed the half-way mark, meaning more than 50% of Australian homes and businesses can now access fast, affordable high-speed...

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Report

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...

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Report

30 Jun 2017

Violence against women and its prevention are legitimate topics of public interest and research shows that media reporting on the issue in Australia is extensive. This research identified that while some aspects of reporting on violence against women in Australia are changing for the better,...

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Commentary

29 Jun 2017

The idea that governments should provide financial assistance to news publishers is receiving more serious consideration in Australia than at any time in living memory. At the heart of the Senate inquiry into the Future of Public Interest Journalism, established in May in the wake of another...

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Working paper

29 Jun 2017

Public service broadcasters (PSBs) frequently have to decide how to invest in digital to reach more diverse and younger audiences, whilst not alienating loyal audiences and political stakeholders or antagonising commercial providers.

This working paper The ABC: A Case Study in...

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