Each time you visit a page hosting ads, an automated ad auction begins behind the scenes — where the highest bidder wins the chance to target you with their product.
Takeover bids for Australia’s last listed energy network companies suggest these monopolies are charging way more than necessary.
Shared ownership means Australian industries are far more concentrated than traditional metrics suggest.
Companies are allowed to track users as much as they like — as long as they spell it out in the fine print. But a ground-breaking Australian legal judgement should give them pause.
To deter Google and other big tech companies from misleading users about data collection, the Federal Court should impose heavy fines.
New research finds water markets in the southern Murray-Darling produce benefits of around $117 million per year.
Compromises were reached and reputations suffered. Who ultimately won the social media showdown?
It enjoys huge network effects that lock users in. Google does not.
Most of the attention on the code has been on the larger media outlets. But the sustainability of small publishers is what should be of most concern.
Facebook might not have been able to cut off news sites were it not for the draft code. Whatever comes out of this is unlikely to be more competition.
What made Facebook grow big wasn’t what its targets would have been without it, it was what they were able to do with it.
The titans of online advertising don’t want to be forced into putting a value on linking to news.
The ABC and SBS have been included in the code. That’s good news, but will compensation received be factored into future government funding decisions for the public broadcasters?
Australian needs a ‘general safety provision’ that obliges firms to be proactive, not reactive, in ensuring they supply safe consumer products.
The ABC could build a social media service to replace Facebook - but it doesn’t have the funding, resources or political support to do so.
The danger of consumers being given false and misleading information by commercial price comparison websites requires regulation.
Making Google and Facebook pay Australian news publishers might be good politics, but it is odd economics.
Research shows Google News results often prioritise mainstream media over smaller news businesses. It’s a double-edged sword. While local outlets suffer, it’s actually better for readers.
The Public Interest Journalism Initiative is proposing a new scheme that would allow news media organisations to claim tax refunds for producing ‘core news’ content. This is how it would work.
Facebook and Google’s publicity campaigns against Australia’s new media regulations show they’re worried other countries will follow suit.