Political campaigns

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Working paper

Understanding the origins of populist political parties and the role of external shocks

This research uses New Zealand electoral survey data to examine the impact two large external shocks had on the development of New Zealand First, one of the oldest populist political parties in the OECD.
Policy report

Influence for hire: the Asia-Pacific’s online shadow economy

This report examines the Asia–Pacific regional influence-for-hire marketplace using case studies of online manipulation in the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan and Australia.
Report

Cancelling the culture: Critical Theory and the chasm of incoherence

This report looks at key philosophical and ideological issues underlying cancel culture and examines the flawed foundations upon which Critical Theory rests. The report also sets out some key principles to guide responses to critics who insist that Australia — a country we know exemplifies...
Report

Select Committee on Administration of Sports Grants: final report

This inquiry was initiated following evidence that Senator Bridget McKenzie, the former Federal Sports Minister, had intervened in grant allocation decisions regarding the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program in order to gain political advantage for Coalition candidates and members in the 2019 federal election.
Report

The power of virtual communities

During 2020, the GovLab interviewed leaders of 50 Facebook groups and 26 global academic and industry experts for this study of the governance and leadership of Facebook groups. This report outlines some of the findings.
Report

The domestic security grey zone: navigating the space between foreign influence and foreign interference

This occasional paper seeks to address the question - how should Australia address foreign influence that falls short of interference, but is nonetheless inconsistent with Australian values, interests or sovereignty?
Report

Protecting democracy in an age of disinformation: lessons from Taiwan

The challenge of disinformation, including foreign disinformation attacks, is exacerbated by features inherent in open, democratic, and market-based political and economic systems. This report examines Taiwan’s experience in combatting foreign and domestic disinformation and draws out lessons and implications for the United States.
Report

Harms reduction: a six-step program to protect democratic expression online

This report sets forth a series of functional steps to enable citizens, governments and platforms to deal with the matter of harmful speech in a free and democratic, rights-based society like Canada.
Briefing paper

The role of social media in New Caledonia’s referendums on self-determination

This briefing paper discusses the use of social media by the main independence coalition Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS), and by parties opposed to independence, such as Calédonie ensemble and the six-member alliance the Loyalists (Les Loyalistes).
Report

A house divided: the AFRB and China's subnational diplomacy in Australia

This paper examines China’s subnational diplomacy in Australia and the suitability of Australia’s Foreign Relations Bill (AFRB) as a tool for countering it.
Report

The interplay between Australia’s political fringes on the right and left: online messaging on Facebook

This research briefing outlines findings from an analysis of the far-right and far-left Facebook ecosystem in Australia in the first seven months of 2020.
Discussion paper

Politics in Papua New Guinea 2017–20: from O’Neill to Marape

This paper traces the end of Peter O’Neil’s tenure as PNG Prime Minister, and the change of political leadership to James Marape. The paper poses the question: has there been a shift in political style in PNG since 2017?
Policy report

Cyber-enabled foreign interference in elections and referendums

Over the past decade, state actors have taken advantage of the digitisation of election systems, election administration and election campaigns to interfere in foreign elections and referendums. This research identified 41 elections and seven referendums between January 2010 and October 2020 where cyber-enabled foreign interference...
Report

Red book, Blue book: an Australian guide to the next US administration

This publication is designed in two sections: Blue Book — what to expect in a Biden administration and Red Book — what to expect in a second term of the Trump administration. Each section is designed to give a robust guide to the major policies...
Report

Engendering hate: the contours of state-aligned gendered disinformation online

This report outlines a framework for understanding how disinformation is being used online to exclude women from public life. The report finds that gendered disinformation is parasitic on news events, existing rumours, and underlying social stereotypes, and can be extremely successful in reaching a broad...
Report

Perspectives on Papua: will Indonesia loosen its grip?

This paper examines the Indonesian government’s perspective of the West Papua independence movement and its interests in maintaining sovereign control over the territory, despite growing tensions and escalating violence.
Book

A populist exception?

The ‘spectre of populism’ might be an apt description for what is happening in different parts of the world, but does it apply to New Zealand? This book draws on the 2017 New Zealand Election Study to uncover New Zealanders’ political attitudes and preferences post-election.
Report

Daring to stand up for human rights in a pandemic

Many states around the world have targeted human rights defenders and other critical voices who have spoken up against their handling of the current COVID-19 public health crisis. This briefing brings together examples of these attacks.
Report

COVID-19 disinformation and social media manipulation: automating influence on COVID-19

This report investigates a campaign of cross-platform inauthentic activity that relies on a high-degree of automation and is broadly in alignment with the political goal of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to denigrate the standing of the United States.
Report

Polis and the political process

This report finds that calls for greater regulation in political campaigns have a far greater consensus of support among the general public than arguments against regulation. The research finds that a large majority (61%) of people think profiling people based on their online data should...