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New technologies have shaken up the telecommunications and media industry by bringing a wealth of new services and products to consumer. Technological innovation pervades all industries, and Australians benefit from the greater choice and competition available.

However the regulatory frameworks which govern this important sectors have changed little. The Institute of Public Affairs Telecommunications and Media Unit looks at the possibilities of new technology, and the outdated regulatory frameworks which hold them back.

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News

Turnbull's weak media reform plans aren't fit for the modern age

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 11th November, 2015

One of the pleasant things about being prime minister, I suppose, would be pursuing your own little hobby horses. Especially when those hobby...

The world needs more internet freedom, not less

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 27th December, 2014

To keep the Internet as the socially empowering and productivity-boosting tool it is today, we should guard against government attacks on internet...

The jig is up on data retention plans

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 4th November, 2014

Last week was the second time the Government announced its mandatory data retention policy, and the second time it gave the game away while doing...

Surveillance and Privacy

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
St. James Ethics Centre 19th October, 2014

In August 2014, the Australian government announced it intended to require internet service providers to retain "metadata" on every customer for...

Metadata and the subversion of privacy

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Mikayla Novak
Sydney Morning Herald 20th September, 2014

The core government responsibility of protecting lives should not have to come at the cost of illiberal privacy subversions, as represented by the...

Tony Abbott's internet filter is full of holes

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Simon Breheny
Daily Telegraph 10th September, 2014

If the Abbott government proceeds with its current proposal to crack down on online copyright ­infringement it will be reviving ­elements...

Publications

Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg

The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 is welcome not just because it clears up two of the most archaic regulatory controls on the media, but also because it goes a long way to abandoning one of the core beliefs that has...

Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg

The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 is welcome not just because it clears up two of the most archaic regulatory controls on the media, but also because it goes a long way to abandoning one of the core beliefs that has...

Submission to Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg

The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 is welcome not just because it clears up two of the most archaic regulatory controls on the media, but also because it goes a long way to abandoning one of the core beliefs that has...