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Report

Tending the tech-ecosystem: who should be the tech-regulator(s)?

This report considers who is best placed to implement and oversee a new era of tech regulation. The authors propose a Tech Policy and Regulation Coordination (TPRC) Model, in response to calls for political leadership, strengthened coordination, increased transparency, access to independent technical expertise, and...
Briefing paper

How Meta extorted Australia

This briefing highlights key details of whistleblower revelations about Facebook’s unprecedented tactical response to the development of Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code in February 2021, and the concurrent reforms that were made to the Code, all of which handed significant power to Facebook.
Conference paper

Platform informality: online rental housing markets in Sydney, Australia

Digital platforms are increasingly mediating how people seek and access housing. This paper examines four platforms, including Realestate.com.au, Gumtree.com.au, Flatmates.com.au and Insiderairbnb.com.au to mobilises a practice-based approach to understanding housing informality in Australian cities.
Policy report

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.
Report

Digital platform services inquiry: interim report no. 4 – general online retail marketplaces

Online marketplaces are performing an increasingly significant role in connecting Australian consumers and businesses and are an important link in building trust and confidence in the digital economy. This report examines potential competition and consumer issues in the provision of general online retail marketplaces to...
Report

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...
Report

The shattered mirror: 5 years on

This report discusses how to save local news in Canada, and how to best adapt the Australian model of negotiated compensation between Google/Meta and the news industry.
Report

Women in the spotlight

Many women face online abuse simply because they have an active online presence as part of their working life. This research highlights women’s lived experiences of online abuse, and points to the need for greater action by online platforms and employers to prevent and respond...
Discussion paper

Discussion paper for interim report no. 5: updating competition and consumer law for digital platform services

This ACCC discussion paper seeks stakeholder views on whether there is a need for new regulatory tools to address competition and consumer issues, in relation to the supply of digital platform services and, if reform is needed, options for regulatory reform.
Policy report

Digital Southeast Asia

This report recommends Australia and India leverage their bilateral partnership in cyber and critical technologies to support inclusive digital development in Southeast Asia, and strengthen the foundations of Southeast Asia’s digital economy.
Report

What is AUKUS and what is it not?

This paper sets out what AUKUS is—a technology accelerator that is about shifting the military balance in the Indo-Pacific. Just as importantly, it also sets out what AUKUS isn’t, to reset some of the discussion. It also proposes a simple performance metric for AUKUS implementers...
Report

Mobile payment and digital wallet financial services

This inquiry report provides an overview of the payments ecosystem, outlining both old and new payment systems. It also provides an overview of the technologies that enable digital wallets and mobile payments, and details of the major platforms and services offered in Australia.
Report

Digital advertising services inquiry: final report

The ACCC has published this final report as part of its inquiry into the markets for the supply of ad tech services and ad agency services. The report provides in-depth analysis of competition and efficiency in the supply of these services, and details the ACCC's...
Policy report

Australia’s digital future: a nation of users or leaders?

Australia risks dropping behind the world’s top technologically-driven nations without a stronger investment in digital technology-based research, innovation and workers, according to this summary for policy-makers.
Report

Creativity in crisis: rebooting Australia’s arts and entertainment sector after COVID

This report reveals the ongoing and devastating impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s arts and entertainment sector and provides a series of recommendations to government that would reboot the creative sector after the crisis subsides.
Report

Digital platform services inquiry: interim report no. 2 – app marketplaces

This report provides in-depth consideration of competition and consumer issues associated with the distribution of mobile apps to users of smartphones and other mobile devices. It specifically focuses on the two key app marketplaces used in Australia, the Apple App Store and the Google Play...
Policy report

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.
Policy report

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...
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...
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.