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Fact Check Or Stacked Deck?
1 April 2024

Fact Check Or Stacked Deck?

Analysis of Australian fact checking organisations from 2019 to 2024 Under the federal government’s proposed Communications Legislation Amendment (Combatting Misinformation and Disinformation) Bill 2023, social media companies can be penalised by the Australian Communications and Media Authority for failing to remove “misinformation” and “disinformation” from their platforms. It is expected that the social media companies will outsource to fact checking
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Australia Censored Episode 3:  Free Speech And Civil Liberties Online With Andrew Lowenthal
23 February 2024

Australia Censored Episode 3: Free Speech And Civil Liberties Online With Andrew Lowenthal

In this episode of Australia Censored, host John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs talks to Andrew Lowenthal. Andrew is an investigative journalist and Executive Director of liber-net, a digital civil liberties initiative. Liber-net focus is to reestablish free speech and civil liberties as the default standard for our networked age. Andrew worked on
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Now it’s ScoMo’s Ministry of Truth
2 April 2022

Now it’s ScoMo’s Ministry of Truth

Why are the Liberals silencing free speech? The Morrison government’s plans to give regulators new powers to crack down on online speech is an authoritarian and dangerous policy that could just as easily have come from a Labor/Greens government. Communications Minister Paul Fletcher recently announced the federal government will be rubber stamping a request from the Australian Communications and Media
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Morrison’s Proposed Ministry Of Truth Is Authoritarian And Dangerous
22 March 2022

Morrison’s Proposed Ministry Of Truth Is Authoritarian And Dangerous

Plans by the Morrison Government to give more power to bureaucrats at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to act against ‘big tech’ on misinformation and disinformation are a draconian threat to the free speech of every Australian, the Institute of Public Affairs has warned. “This is Scott Morrison’s Finkelstein moment. In the same way Julia Gillard and Stephen
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Legislating On Social Media Is No Remedy For Alienation
21 December 2021

Legislating On Social Media Is No Remedy For Alienation

It’s clear that social media does great damage to the minds and psychological wellbeing of young people. Perhaps legislation can do something to address this, but to try to do so may be to embrace “safetyism” and ignore root causes. To fix the problem of psychological stress exacerbated by social media requires an understanding of why so many young people
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Christian Porter’s Defamation Reform Would Be A Catastrophic Mistake
26 November 2019

Christian Porter’s Defamation Reform Would Be A Catastrophic Mistake

Attorney-General Christian Porter wants social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to be legally liable for defamatory comments made by their users. Right now, the common law can distinguish between the legal liability of active publishers of information (like newspapers and broadcasters) and the passive platform operators that allow users to publish information themselves. Courts decide where this distinction is
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Keep The ACCC Out Of Social Media
2 August 2019

Keep The ACCC Out Of Social Media

Nearly exactly the same things said about social media today could have been said in the middle of the 15th century about the development of movable type and the printing press. People will use books and newspapers to say nasty things about each other; foreign powers will distribute pamphlets to undermine domestic governments with the result that eventually the sources
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