The Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that 64% of online teens ages 12-17 have participated in one or more among a wide range of content-creating activities on the internet, up from 57% of online teens in a similar survey at the end...
‘For my safety’: experiences of technology-facilitated abuse among women with intellectual disability or cognitive disability
This research explores experiences of technology-facilitated abuse among women living with intellectual or cognitive disability. The findings are based on interviews with women with intellectual or cognitive disability and frontline workers who provide support services.
Report of the Inquiry into the impact of social media on Victorian elections and Victoria’s electoral administration
The approach recommended in this report will need to be regularly reviewed to ensure that it is effective and appropriate. Government funding for research into the impact of social media on elections would assist future policy reviews, as would several of the transparency measures recommended...
Preparing for the unimaginable: guidelines for organisational response and staff support before, during and after disaster
Affected communities need long-term support far beyond what many disaster relief volunteering organisation can often commit to. This project explores the phenomenon of support before, during and after disaster (specifically the floods in Townsville and North West Queensland), focusing on organisational support for staff to...
The Chinese military's focus on information warfare is expanding to include information operations on social media. This report describes how the People's Liberation Army (PLA) might direct social media disinformation campaigns against the United States and its armed forces, especially the U.S. Air Force
This report outlines the findings from a qualitative study of sexuality and gender diverse young people and their use of social media platforms.
This project develops a model for providing accountability for 'dark ads' on Australia’s most popular social media platform, Facebook. By showing what accountability looks like, the research reminds us just how dramatically the online advertising environment has shifted.
This report provides insights from a nationally representative survey of 2,301 New Zealanders on a range of interconnecting issues relating to misinformation and how this may lead to real-world harms and a general loss of trust.
Countering disinformation and protecting democratic communication on encrypted messaging applications
While the debate around encrypted messaging applications and law enforcement is more relevant than ever, especially with the increased reliance on digital communication during the pandemic, this paper recommends that those looking to build policy to curb mis- and disinformation on these platforms recognise that...
This report finds that the rapid increase in news consumption by Australians at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has not been maintained. The proportion of people paying for news has not increased, and interest in news has declined since 2020.