Investing in facts: how the business community can support a healthy infosphere
This research into support for independent journalism reveals several key insights about private sector engagement in the information space, and the norms and incentives that constrain wider participation of the business community in supporting high-quality journalism.
Frontier influencers: the new face of China’s propaganda
This report explores how the Chinese party-state’s globally focused propaganda and disinformation capabilities are evolving and increasing in sophistication. Concerningly, this emerging approach by the Chinese party-state to influence international discourse on China, including obfuscating its record of human rights violations, is largely flying under...
Freedom on the net 2022
This year's Freedom on the Net report finds that global internet freedom declined for the 12th consecutive year in 2022, and governments are on a campaign to divide the open internet into a patchwork of repressive enclaves.
Geopolitical implications of AI and digital surveillance adoption
The increasing sophistication and spread of artificial intelligence (AI) and digital surveillance technologies has drawn concerns over privacy and human rights. This paper provides five recommendations for democratic governments and three for civil society.
Resolving global crises: the urgent need to revive multilateralism and re-think Australia’s role
This paper focuses on the report 'Our Common Agenda', arguably one of the most hard-hitting reports recently released by the United Nations to strengthen multilateralism to address a range of crises, and urges more robust Australian engagement with these processes.
Freedom in the world 2022
This report evaluates the state of freedom in 195 countries and 15 territories during calendar year 2021. The report assesses the real-world rights and freedoms enjoyed by individuals, rather than governments or government performance per se. Political rights and civil liberties can be affected by...
China’s digital currency
This report explains China’s domestic and international ambitions in developing a central bank digital currency (CBDC), reviews the main technical framework of Digital Currency/Electronic Payment (DCEP) and discusses how the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and private firms are working to implement it. The report...
Digital authoritarianism, China and COVID
This paper argues that the onus is on democracies to do more to counter the harmful aspects of China’s global technology agenda, and to find ways to harness technology, including artificial intelligence, for the global public good, while preserving hard-won democratic rights and liberties.
The Chinese Communist Party’s coercive diplomacy
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is increasingly deploying coercive diplomacy against foreign governments and companies. This report tracks the CCP’s use of coercive diplomacy over the past 10 years, recording 152 cases of coercive diplomacy affecting 27 countries, as well as the European Union.
The AI powered state: China's approach to public sector innovation
This collection of essays aim to give policymakers a deeper understanding of how China is innovating with artificial intelligence (AI) in public services, challenging current misconceptions and illuminating nuances in the debate.
The path of least resilience: autocratic rule and external powers in the Middle East
Despite the Arab uprisings of the last decade, most countries in the Middle East remain in the grip of autocrats, with a widespread view that this is the 'default setting' for the region.
Freedom on the net 2019
Freedom on the Net is a comprehensive study of internet freedom in 65 countries around the globe, covering 87 percent of the world’s internet users. It tracks improvements and declines in internet freedom conditions each year. The countries included in the study have been selected...
Is the Morrison government ‘authoritarian populist’ with a punitive bent?
The Morrison Government’s authoritarian policy agenda has a punitive element that has become more evident since the election.
Watching Huawei’s “Safe Cities”
Huawei’s “Safe City” products have fueled concerns that China is “exporting authoritarianism.”
A new Sino-Russian high-tech partnership
This paper is intended to start an initial mapping and exploration of the expanding cooperative ecosystem involving Moscow and Beijing. It will be important to track the trajectory and assess the implications of these Sino-Russian technological collaborations, given the risks and threats that could result...
Restoration, transformation and adaptation: authoritarianism after 2011 in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran
Following the push for reform during the popular uprising in 2011, authoritarianism is once again dominating domestic politics and power relations in the MENA region. Drawing on data collected during field trips to Cairo, Tehran, Beirut and Kuwait city, the authors of this MENARA report...
Social credit: technology-enhanced authoritarian control with global consequences
This report argues that democratic governments must become more proactive in countering the CCP’s extension of social credit. This includes planning ahead and moving beyond reactive reciprocal responses.