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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The Institute of Public Affairs Telecommunications and Media Unit looks at the possibilities of new technology, and the outdated regulatory frameworks which hold them back.

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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...

Environment of fear as ABC fails bias test

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | James Paterson
The Australian 12th August, 2014

THE ABC is not like any other broadcaster. With more than $1 billion in public funding, we rightly demand the ABC be rigorously fair, balanced and...

Security bill widens government surveillance powers

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
The Age 3rd August, 2014

The National Security Amendment Bill (No.1) 2014, introduced into federal Parliament last month, is 128 pages long. The bill's explanatory...

Coalition in murky waters in hunt for online pirates

Ideas & Liberty and Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 10th June, 2014

One of the quickest ways for a company to cut costs is outsourcing. Even better when you can have the Government do your outsourcing for you. This...

It's power grabs we should fear, not cybercrime

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 1st April, 2014

"Cybercrime is a systemic risk and I think it is the next black swan event," the head of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Greg...

Combatting the cyberbully myth

Ideas & Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
The Age 23rd March, 2014

Why do we keep telling children that the law cannot protect them against severe cyberbullying? Time and time again politicians and the press claim...

Time to ditch antiquated media regulations

Economics & Deregulation, Deregulation Unit and Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 11th March, 2014

It is incredible to think the Australian government imposes largely the same regulations on media ownership that it did in the 1930s. Waves of...

Bob Dylan's Super Bowl ads create heartbreak - again

Economics & Deregulation, Ideas & Liberty and Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Jason Potts
The Conversation 4th February, 2014

On Sunday, legendary singer Bob Dylan was the face and voice of the 2014 America Super Bowl commercials, lending his voice to Chobani and the...

Ignore the hysteria: it's time we privatised the tone-deaf, left-leaning ABC

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | James Paterson
The Age 30th January, 2014

No media organisation is above criticism - even from a prime minister. That's especially the case when the media organisation in question is funded...

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