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Andrea Carson

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Policy report

The fake news crisis: lessons for Australia from the Asia-Pacific

Online misinformation is an extremely complex and multilayered problem that defies simple, one-size fits all solutions. This policy brief argues that effective mitigation can only be achieved through multi-pronged strategies involving collaboration and cooperation between governments, policy-makers, digital platforms and community-based organisations.
Article

Fear, loathing and COVID-19: America and Australia compared

While most Australians believe government lockdown measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic “are about right”, this public opinion research from the United States Studies Centre finds Americans are deeply divided.
Briefing paper

Who we turn to for information and how much we trust it: health information versus general information

Who do we turn to for health information and how much do we trust that information? Last year, the Policy Lab ran a representative survey of 1,000 Australians – as part of the Australian Cooperative Election Survey – to look at this very question. This...
Journal article

Political elites’ use of fake news discourse across communications platforms

This article finds evidence in the Australian context supporting the concept of a “fake news” contagion. Fake news language has emerged as part of Australian strategic political communications since Donald Trump’s election; however, its usage is not (yet) widespread among Australian MPs.
Report

Civil voices: researching not-for-profit advocacy

This report argues that there is need for reforms to ensure that the current definition of charities, which recognises advocacy as a part of an organisation’s charitable purpose, be protected and advanced.