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Policy report

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...
Report

“It’s helped me connect with more friends”: Supporting social media use to enhance the social networks of young people with disabilities living in rural South Australia

This report investigated the effectiveness of social media training and online mentoring support in building the social networks of young people with disability in rural communities.
Report

The digital lives of older Australians

This report examines how older people are adapting to the digital world, how and why they access the internet, and their attitudes to doing so.
Report

The digital lives of younger Australians

This report provides a snapshot of the attitudes and behaviours of younger people online, the extent and nature of their online habits, what they use to stay connected, and how they feel about the prominence of digital connection in their lives.
Discussion paper

The Public Square project

In recent times, online platforms like Facebook have usurped core aspects of what we expect from a public square. This discussion paper aims to initiate a focused discussion around the type of digital infrastructure we want to power our public square.
Report

Risky drinking social worlds in Victoria: a social media analysis

Alcohol use is at the forefront of public health policy in Australia. The findings in this report provide a catalyst for further in-depth and longitudinal analysis of qualitative and quantitative social media data to help policy-makers develop more effective interventions to deal with the problem...
Journal article

Citizen-scholars: social media and the changing nature of scholarship

In this conceptual article, the authors argue that practicing public, social scholarship and increasing the use of social media to promote scholarship are the civic responsibility of citizen-scholars, so that research becomes more widely accessible, shareable, and usable in the public sphere.
Report

Christchurch Call community consultation: final report

In May 2019 New Zealand and France launched the Christchurch Call (the Call) to eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content (TVEC) online. This report summarises the contributions of this project.
Report

Adult media literacy in Australia: attitudes, experiences and needs

The findings in this report demonstrate that if we accept that media is integral to all aspects of our lives, far more needs to be done to address the needs of groups who are the least confident about their media abilities and who have access...
Report

Strange bedfellows on Xinjiang: the CCP, fringe media and US social media platforms

This report explores how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), fringe media and pro-CCP online actors seek to shape and influence international perceptions of the Chinese Government’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang, including through the amplification of disinformation.