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Report

Freedom of the press

Media stakeholders acknowledge the importance of Australiaʹs national security laws, but argue that press freedom is also essential to democracy. This inquiry report examines the current environment for press freedom in Australia.
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

A review of proposals to provide news organisations with access to tax deductible gifts in Australia

This paper argues that there is evidence from overseas, and particularly the United States, to suggest that a not-for-profit news sector would increase media diversity and address market failure in commercially unviable practices like investigative journalism.
Position paper

Misinformation and news quality on digital platforms in Australia: a position paper to guide code development

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released this position paper outlining its expectations for a voluntary code or codes of practice on misinformation and news quality to be developed by digital platforms.
Guide

Australian code of practice on disinformation and misinformation

This code of practice has been developed by the Digital Industry Group Inc. (DIGI), a non-profit industry association that advocates for the interests of the digital industry in Australia. DIGI members include Google, Facebook, Twitter and eBay. It is a response to a request from...
Survey

News use across social media platforms in 2020

To better understand the ways Americans get their news in the digital age, the Pew Research Center surveyed 9,220 American adults from 31 August to 7 September 2020. This report outlines the findings.
Report

Google’s assessment of Google

This paper examines claims by Google and its consultants that the company generates massive economic benefits for Australia—$39 billion for business and $14 billion for consumers. These claims are massively overstated and, as might be expected, negative aspects of Google’s practices are not acknowledged.
Report

A report on anti-disinformation initiatives

In this report, the authors investigate fake news landscapes around the world and analyses a range of measures adopted by governments to combat disinformation.
Discussion paper

Start spreading the news: news sentiment and economic activity in Australia

In times of crisis, real-time indicators of economic activity are a critical input to timely and well-targeted policy responses. The authors of this paper have developed a ‘news sentiment index’ that measures the net balance of words expressing positive and negative sentiment used by journalists...
Policy report

The influence environment

This report is based on detailed research into 24 Chinese-language media organisations operating in Australia, analysis of their coverage of events, and investigations into the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP's) efforts to influence media in this country.