The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is lightening up on its normal competition rules and allowing competitors to cooperate.
Businesses are reluctant to invest, but that might be because they know what they are doing.
The ACCC's inquiry was launched to address concerns about the market power of major digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, and their impact on Australia's businesses and media.
The ACCC has inquired into mortgage rates before. This time will want detail.
Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required.
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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 attract plenty of users and advertising dollars in Australia, but the ACCC will have to work with other watchdogs overseas on any effective regulation.
The ACCC Digital Platforms Report recommends several ways to revive journalism in the social media age, including A$50m in direct grants to local news services.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the sheer dominance of Google and Facebook has distorted other businesses' ability to compete on their own merits.
Governments can do more to expose the deceptive corporate practice of charging loyal customers more, says competition champion Allan Fels.
Energy companies and other retailers bamboozle us with options to increase their profits. Here's how the behavioural phenomenon of choice overload works.
Insights from behavioural (and traditional) economics help explain why discounting – both real and fake – is such an effective marketing ploy.
Competition policy in Australia is undermined by not knowing if it is right to let the vast majority of corporate mergers go ahead.
Any discussion about regulating social platforms should recognise how new policies could reduce the bottom line of small businesses.
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.
Counterintuitively, vague incentives are often stronger than clear ones.
An ACCC interim report is one of the most consequential documents for media policy in decades, while a government report finds both public broadcasters are acting in the public interest.
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.
Australia might become the first country in the world to submit Google and Facebook's algorithms to a public interest test.
Compare the ACCC to ASIC and it's clear why
Rod Sims has been reappointed to a record third term as Australia's top competition and consumer cop.
Flaws in the ABC Act set up conflict and allow the government to pressure it.