Beyond cats and Kardashians: can journalism satisfy audiences without dumbing down? – Peter Fray

19 09 2017

As the Federal government attempts to reform Australia’s media ownership laws, evidence is emerging that journalists are moving away from the traditional watchdog role of the press towards satisfying the demands of audiences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can taking down websites really stop terrorists and hate groups? -Thomas Holt, Joshua D Freilich and Steven Chermak

17 09 2017

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In the wake of an explosion in London on September 15, President Trump called for cutting off extremists’ access to the internet. Racists and terrorists, and many other extremists, have used the internet for decades and adapted as technology evolved, shifting from text-only discussion forums to elaborate and interactive websites, custom-built secure messaging systems and even entire social media platforms. Read the rest of this entry »





How PR giant Bell Pottinger made itself look bad – Paula Keaveney

7 09 2017
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The reputation of global PR company Bell Pottinger has suffered a massive blow. The boss has resigned, clients have walked, the firm has been expelled from the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) – and it has now put itself up for sale. All because of its work on a controversial contract in South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »





‘Post-truth’ media really is shifting the news agenda: and more subtly than it seems – Precious N Chatterje-Doody

6 09 2017
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As stories of Russian “information warfare” in various Western countries continue to mount, governments, intelligence agencies and journalists are fretting over the influence of global media outlets funded by autocratic governments. But while these organisations are clearly meant to serve their sponsor governments’ agendas in various ways, is the West right to be so worried about them? Read the rest of this entry »





Digging for dirt in the digital age: the trouble with journalism and doxing – Colette Snowden

30 08 2017

Even before the march in Charlottesville turned violent, images of white supremacist demonstrators were posted on social media along with requests to identify them. Read the rest of this entry »





Tech companies can distinguish between free speech and hate speech if they want to – David Glance

22 08 2017

File 20170818 30746 1so7kiwIn the wake of violence in the US town of Charlottesville, the tech industry has started removing access to some of their services from groups associated with the far-right and those espousing racial intolerance. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Is liking something on Facebook ‘protected political speech’? It depends – Melissa Castan

19 08 2017

File 20170814 28472 1ttey05Australians are often surprised to learn that their Constitution contains no right to free speech. Even the right to political speech, which is constitutionally implied, is increasingly complicated by new online platforms where people can express their views. Read the rest of this entry »