Media regulation

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Media governance
Television broadcasting policy
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.
Annual Report

Australian Communications and Media Authority and Office of the eSafety Commissioner annual reports 2017–18

Containing details of the ACMA’s and the Office’s performance for 2017–18, this report delivers key corporate information, and details against the mandatory reporting requirements.
Annual Report

Australian Communications and Media Authority and Office of the eSafety Commissioner annual reports 2018–19

This report contains details of the ACMA’s and eSafety’s performance for 2018–19, key corporate information and details against the mandatory reporting requirements.
Discussion paper

Tech-xit: can Australia survive without Google and Facebook?

In the wake of threats by Google and Facebook to scale back or close services in Australia should the federal government proceed with plans to charge them for news content, this report identifies serious risks to Australian businesses, government services and consumers if services are...
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.