Media regulation

Alternate Term Label:
Media governance
Television broadcasting policy
Report

Disinformation as a wicked problem: why we need co-regulatory frameworks

Over the past few years, social media platforms, particularly Facebook and Twitter, have received inordinate blame for many of society’s ills, particularly mis- and disinformation. This paper recommends the creation of government fusion cells for online problems, which would centralise expertise and decision-making and serve...
Discussion paper

Utilities for democracy: why and how the algorithmic infrastructure of Facebook and Google must be regulated

This paper provides a framework for understanding why internet platforms matter for democracy and how they should be regulated. The authors describe the two most powerful internet platforms, Facebook and Google, as new public utilities — utilities for democracy — arguing that they should be...
Briefing paper

Q&As: Draft news media and digital platforms mandatory bargaining code

The ACCC has developed this draft mandatory code of conduct to address bargaining power imbalances between Australian news media businesses and each of Google and Facebook.
Report

What the Facebook Oversight Board means for human rights, and where we go from here

In May 2020, Facebook announced the inaugural batch of members of its Oversight Board. The Board will be a group of 40 people supported by staff, whose initial task will be to serve as an independent appeals mechanism to have a final say on select...
Working paper

The persuasive effect of Fox News: non-compliance with social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has renewed concerns about the dangers of misinformation and its persuasive effects on behaviour. The US response to the pandemic is deeply divided along partisan lines. This study measured the effects of cable news in the US on regional differences in compliance...
Journal article

The relation between media consumption and misinformation at the outset of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in the US

Public understanding of needed preventative measures and rejection of bogus ones is important because SARS-CoV-2 is highly contagious and potentially lethal. This article discusses a survey in early March 2020 to ascertain where and whether US residents were receiving accurate information from news sources.
Discussion paper

Supporting Australian stories on our screens: options paper

In response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry, the government requested that Screen Australia and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) co-author this options paper considering how to best support Australian stories on our screens in a modern, multi-platform...
Report

More news is good news: the case against restricting broadcast journalism

In light of the issues presented by ACMA’s inquiry and the debate around news and the media more broadly, this report outlines the case against further regulation of broadcasting, as well as several recommendations on the way in which policy-makers can create a stronger news...
Report

Defence’s management of its public communications and media activities

The objective of the audit was to examine the effectiveness and appropriateness of the Department of Defence's management of its public communications and media activities.
Report

Behind the news: inside China global television network

As China rises, Chinese political elites are increasingly concerned about how it is perceived in the world, and how to shape that global public opinion. This report argues that despite heavy state investment, China Global Television Network (CGTN) has failed to emerge as a significant...