This report looks at issues that fall under the umbrella of cyber safety, and the particular kinds of outcomes that are occurring in remote Aboriginal communities and towns. Some of the standard strategies for avoiding harm are failing in these contexts, and the resulting problems...
Examines the ways in which digital technology has already changed children’s lives and life chances – and explores what the future may hold.
This report includes the 2016–17 annual reports for the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) eighth annual report on scam activity highlights the significant harm scams continue to cause to the Australian community. This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community.
In September 2015, the Swinburne Institute for Social Research commenced a two-year research project on safety and wellbeing as it relates to communication technologies, in remote Aboriginal communities and towns in the Northern Territory (NT). This report provides an overview of findings from the first...
This annual report contains details of the ACMA’s and the Office’s performance for 2015–16 and outlines the joint nature of this report and where the ACMA and the Office share resources or corporate support.
This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community.
Snapshot of 2015
Overall contact levels and financial lossesIn 2015, the ACCC continued to observe a high level of scams activity in Australia,...
With Web 2.0, platforms and usage have become dynamic, the lines between creator and user have become blurred, and social media facilitates networking and collaboration. These developments raise questions about whether this medium actually enhances freedom by enabling expression, or facilitates harms in new and...
Bridging the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web and the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the British Library encouraged young people to debate the issues of rights and responsibilities in the digital space.
On 15 June 2015, the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta,...
This study by researchers from the Wellbeing Research Group, Centre for Research in Education, at the University of South Australia evaluated how successfully the Safe Schools Hub (SSH) resource provides digital resource coverage for the National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF) by exploring: who uses the...
“Building digital safety for journalism: a survey of selected issues” is the new title of the fourth edition in the UNESCO Internet freedom series. In order to improve global understanding of emerging safety threats linked to digital developments, UNESCO commissioned this research within the Organization’s...
This paper examines proposed internet filtering policies in Australia from the 1990s to 2014 and discusses some of their ideological underpinnings.
Executive summaryThe Internet is a revolutionary source of information and its dissemination; and a medium for collaboration and interaction between...
Addressing the cyber safety challenge: from risk to resilience describes the cyber safety issues emerging from a range of technology trends, how different populations are using technologies and the risks they face, and how we can effectively respond to each group’s unique cyber safety...
Advances in information communication technology are dramatically improving real-time communication and information-sharing. By improving access to information and facilitating global debate, they foster democratic participation. By amplifying the voices of human rights defenders and helping to expose abuses, these powerful technologies offer the...
This paper discusses proposals for reform of Australian privacy law, including for a new Commonwealth Act that would provide for a statutory cause of action for serious invasions of privacy, and invites the public to make submissions.
This Inquiry comes at...
Australia is a highly connected country - technology and the internet are crucial to Australia's way of life.
However, while the potential of the internet and digital economy is clearly a massive opportunity for Australia, it is also quickly emerging as a key enabler...
This report explains key trends in scam activity in 2012 and highlights the impact of scams on the community.
Snapshot of 2012
Scam reportsIn 2012 the ACCC continued to observe a high level of scams activity in Australia, with...