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Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required

Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required. The Conversation55 MB (download)
In Dickens' era, international copyright law developed from a worldwide effort to deal with a global problem. Is it time to tackle tech giants the same way? A journalist and a media owner explain.
‘Google and Facebook are global companies, headquartered in the US, for whom Australia is a significant but relatively small market.’ Shutterstock/Roman Pyshchyk

Australian media regulators face the challenge of dealing with global platforms Google and Facebook

Google and Facebook attract plenty of users and advertising dollars in Australia, but the ACCC will have to work with other watchdogs overseas on any effective regulation.
A new report concludes companies like Facebook – headed up by Mark Zuckerberg – should not be allowed to consider themselves ahead of and beyond the law. Stephanie Lecoq /AAP

The law is closing in on Facebook and the ‘digital gangsters’

Are you annoyed at Facebook? You're not alone – and momentum is growing across the world to use regulation and the law to rein in the behaviours of this and other digital platforms.
ACCC Chair Rod Sims released the preliminary report of the Digital Platforms Inquiry into Google, Facebook and Australian media on December 10 2018. Peter Rae/AAP

ACCC wants to curb digital platform power – but enforcement is tricky

The ACCC would like closer scrutiny of digital platforms such as Facebook and Google – in particular with regards to user privacy, market power and operational algorithms.
The government is now firmly focused on lowering household power bills. AAP Image/Julian Smith

Capping electricity prices: a quick fix with hidden risks

Australians are angry about electricity prices and both the federal government and opposition are proposing to cap them. Will this approach work, and what are the risks?
Our likelihood of falling victim to catfish scams is increasing along with our screen time. Shutterstock

It’s not about money: we asked catfish why they trick people online

As younger generations spend more time interacting with people online and less time in real life, they are more likely to experience catfishing – both as victims and instigators.

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