Radio broadcasting licenses
In discussing the Australian context, this paper suggests how the domestic landscape may be representative of state-sponsored 'greenwashing' in other countries. It also suggests that the credibility of net zero claims made by non-state actors is inextricably linked to the state.
Communication regulators of the future
This report explores the critical role communication regulators play in an increasingly connected society.
Review of the anti-siphoning scheme: consultation paper
The Albanese Government committed to undertake a review of the television anti-siphoning scheme during the 2022 federal election campaign. This consultation paper initiates the review and sets out a range of issues associated with the regulation of sports coverage.
Manifesto for sex-positive social media
This publication sets out guiding principles that platforms, governments, policy-makers and other stakeholders ought to take into account in their design, moderation and regulation practices. It builds upon the generative work currently underway with the proliferation of alternative, independent collectives and cooperatives, who are designing...
Digital platform services inquiry – March 2023 Report on social media services: issues paper
The ACCC has released this issues paper, which seeks views on the operation of social media services in Australia from interested stakeholders. The ACCC invites submissions on the matters outlined in this paper by 9 September 2022.
WeChat’s role in Australian democracy: a grassroots view
This study finds that despite drawbacks, the Chinese messaging app, WeChat, plays a vital role in the democratic participation of Chinese-Australians. It argues that the greatest challenge with WeChat remains a lack of regulatory oversight from the Australian government and the platform’s niche role within...
Decentralising data governance: Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) as data trusts
This paper explores the idea that Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) are a new type of data trust for decentralised governance of data.
Media policy and regulation: a quick guide
This quick guide lists online resources relevant to Australian media legislation, policy administration, standards, ratings research, and industry advocacy. It includes links to selected overseas regulatory bodies.
The future of digital regulation in Australia: five policy principles for a safer digital world
As Australia starts to implement much needed digital regulation on a number of issues, there is a need to ensure policy initiatives are joined up and coherent. This document presents five overarching policy principles that could assist policy-makers.
National data security action plan: discussion paper
This discussion paper focuses on policy settings for state and territory governments, businesses and the broader economy and is seeking views as to how the Australian Government can best achieve data security uplift at a national level.
Bad impressions: scrutiny of government advertising
Last year, the Morrison Government spent $145.3 million on campaign advertising, a sum that exceeds the normal annual advertising spend of companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Amazon, Pepsi and Qantas. This paper argues that the current regulatory model for government advertising is clearly insufficient.
The Online Safety Bill: Demos position paper
The UK Government’s Online Safety Bill has finally been published, almost three years since the initial Online Harms White Paper that began the debate about digital regulation in the United Kingdom. This document sets out recommendations to help inform the forthcoming Parliamentary process and, should...
Media and democracy: unpacking America’s complex views on the digital public square
Three decades after Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the first web server, the technologies that once promised to usher in a new era of democracy are now also being used to spread disinformation and sow distrust. Amid a global pandemic and the contentious political events surrounding...
Transparency recommendations for regulatory regimes of digital platforms
In 2021, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) organised a working group of its Global Platform Governance Network to focus on the issues of transparency and accountability of digital platforms, especially social media networks. This report attempts to synthesise and summarise the discussions at...
Social media responsibility and free speech: a new approach for dealing with ‘Internet harms'
There are increasing demands from the public, media and politicians for some imposition of order on the Internet, much of which focuses on the management of speech. This paper outlines some of the primary pressures Canadians are facing in terms of censorship, algorithms, data collection...
Consultations with young people to inform the eSafety Commissioner’s Engagement Strategy for Young People
Young people in Australia have clear aspirations and views about the internet and online safety. This research highlights their recommendations and vision for the future. It outlines their expectations of eSafety and how we should engage with them about online issues. The findings will be...
Consumer data right: telecommunications sectoral assessment
This final report informed the 2022 Australian government's expansion of the Consumer Data Right to the telecommunications sector. The Consumer Data Right allows consumers to control the use of their data by trusted third parties.
ACMA compliance priority 2020–21: online casino services targeting Australians
In 2020–21, one of the ACMA’s compliance priorities focused on illegal online casinos that target Australians. This report examines the actions taken to combat these services and the outcomes.
The action plan for critical technologies
This plan demonstrates the Australian government’s tangible actions to protect and promote critical technologies.
Digital platform services inquiry: interim report no. 3 - search defaults and choice screens
This report examines the provision of web browsers and general search services to Australian consumers and the effectiveness of choice screens in facilitating competition and improving consumer choice. The report also provides the ACCC’s advice to the Australian Government on Google’s rollout of search engine...
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...
Australians' attitudes to social media: connection or curse?
Social media poses unique challenges to society and government. This paper examines some potential social media regulation scenarios and the issues that need to be considered in Australia.
Unfair trading practices in digital markets: evidence and regulatory gaps
This report examines the reliance Australian consumers have on data-driven technologies and digital marketplaces, and explores how this reliance has evolved since 2018. The report also sets out the key consumer policy implications the research results pose – and what can be done by market...
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...
Regulating misinformation: policy brief
Misinformation is now a top-level policy issue. This paper assesses the benefits and risks associated with the identification and regulation of news and information.