social media censorship

Institute of Public Affairs Submission To The Statutory Review Of the Online Safety Act 2021
21 June 2024

Institute of Public Affairs Submission To The Statutory Review Of the Online Safety Act 2021

Dear Director, The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) welcomes the opportunity to share research and analysis as part of the public consultation into the statutory review of the Online Safety Act 2021. The IPA’s research on anti-free speech legislation such as section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, the Independent Inquiry into the Media and Media Regulation conducted by
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Cancel Culture Is Now Labor Policy
23 May 2024

Cancel Culture Is Now Labor Policy

In this article, Director of Law and Policy John Storey contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on Australia’s internet censorship and misinformation laws. The real agenda behind the eSafety Commissioner’s litigation against Musk Cancel culture, the silencing of opposing views by seeking to destroy livelihoods, is an insidious phenomenon that blights the modern West. And it has mutated well beyond
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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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New ‘Disinformation’ Laws Are A Frightening Grab By Federal Bureaucrats For Control Of Our Online Speech
16 May 2022

New ‘Disinformation’ Laws Are A Frightening Grab By Federal Bureaucrats For Control Of Our Online Speech

The idea federal bureaucrats should be given sweeping internet censorship powers to stifle the opinions of mainstream Australians is as bizarre as it is terrifying. When the US Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of a new entity called the “Disinformation Governance Board”, Republicans went into overdrive. “You cannot have a Ministry of Truth in this country,” said Florida
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Federal Government Must Abandon Plan For Internet Censorship
12 May 2022

Federal Government Must Abandon Plan For Internet Censorship

Dear Minister,  I am writing to you and your colleagues on behalf of the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) to share with you our research and analysis of the Federal Government’s deeply concerning attack on freedom of speech with plans to censor the internet. As you would be aware the IPA has a longstanding commitment to conducting research into the
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Banning Donald Trump From Twitter, Facebook Undermines Public Debate
12 January 2021

Banning Donald Trump From Twitter, Facebook Undermines Public Debate

Donald Trump has been banned from Twitter as well as Facebook, TikTok, and Snapchat. This came after a violent mob stormed the United States Capitol last week, desecrating key symbols of the republic. Many are celebrating the social media bans. But, just because the companies can remove Trump does not necessarily mean they should. There is merit in discussing the
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