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...
The objective of this review is to assess the reach of Australia’s media in the Asia Pacific region, including examining whether shortwave radio technology should be used.
This report provides analysis of the global operations of Chinese company, Global Tone Communications Technology Co. Ltd (GTCOM), which is a subsidiary of an SOE supervised directly by China’s Central Propaganda Department. GTCOM is responsible for identifying 'risks to state security' - a concept that...
Freedom of information is not only a human right, but an important tool to engage and empower citizens. It allows them to demand accountability from governments and fight corruption. This publication focuses on the people who make right to information laws come to life, and...
The rise of China has helped make Australia rich, but it is also posing challenges to its values, interests, alliances and thus its identity. This paper argues that Australia's approach should include a shift towards a much better understanding of contemporary China, as well as...
In 2018, Freedom in the World recorded the 13th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. The reversal has spanned a variety of countries in every region, from long-standing democracies like the United States to consolidated authoritarian regimes like China and Russia. The pattern is...
This report argues that concerned countries should press Myanmar to protect the rights to expression and assembly, and reform laws penalizing peaceful speech, to bring them back into line with international standards.
The goal of this report, and those involved in its formation, is to enhance free expression, diversity and democracy at the same time as we protect human rights and encourage innovation. The contributions from the authors included in this report offer a starting point for...
This article reports on a first-in-kind study of research contracts between Commonwealth and New South Wales Government entities and external providers.
This document, the second such plan devised for the nation, outlines the Australian government's aspirations for enhancing access to information, civic participation and public accountability in the digital age.
This review was aimed at identifying improvements that could be made to the classification system. The system is a set of policies and rules for identifying, marking, handling and controlling access to sensitive official information. The review also recommends a new approach to systematic declassification...
Political rights and civil liberties around the world deteriorated to their lowest point in more than a decade in 2017, extending a period characterized by emboldened autocrats, beleaguered democracies, and the United States’ withdrawal from its leadership role in the global struggle for human freedom....
New Zealand and Australia need tougher laws against China's political influence pedalling.
Publisher Allen & Unwin has dropped a book by a prominent academic on China's expanding 'soft' influence in Australia, due to 'unspecified threats.'
This report provides an assessment of Australia’s progress towards fulfilling the promise of our Open Government commitments, and in particular, in meeting the OGP Participation & Co-creation Standards.
This audit assessed the effectiveness and efficiency of selected government entities’ implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the world wide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries. In many ways, the web...