A ThredUp sorting facility in Phoenix.
Fast fashion is far from green. But the rapid expansion of online clothing resale platforms could help shrink the garment industry's negative impact on the environment.
Services like cleaning are increasingly outsourced via online platforms.
Under municipal control, or through public-private partnerships, platforms technology could transform service delivery to citizens.
Over the past decade, news media companies have been at the mercy of big tech platforms' algorithms in delivering them readers. But with no guarantee of sustained revenue, media firms are looking elsewhere.
Handing management to algorithms creates 'black-box bosses" whose decision-making is hard to understand or question.
As news media revenues tumble still further amid the COVID-19 recession, the government has pledged mandatory rules to force tech giants to pay for using news content.
COVID-19 is dragging some arts institutions into the 21st century. Others are already well down this path. What we win and lose when culture goes online and a bunch of links you can enjoy today.
The EU needs to reconsider its approach if digital platforms are to thrive.
Of the 23 recommendations made in the ACCC’s final report, the government supported six in their entirety, ten “in principle”, “noted” five and rejected two.
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.
A call for greater transparency.
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.
Understanding the forces that drive the online economy is crucial for consumers, and increasingly citizens.
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No regulation can fix the disruption of journalism by search engines, social media and digital content aggregators.
Facebook and Google potentially face fresh curbs on their market power.
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.
More Australians rely on just one source to get their news.
More than a third of Australians say they would prioritise a subscription for a video streaming service, such as Netflix, over a subscription for online news.
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Astronomic valuations for non-profitable companies are popular in Silicon Valley but how are they calculated and what do they reflect?
Your location isn’t all it knows.
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Uber's IPO will value the company at more than $80 billion, yet the data it collects on its users may be worth even more – and creates the potential for dangerous manipulation.
There is a vast infrastructure of digital tools that can be used to strategically manipulate behaviour for tactical gain.
Nation states are covertly working against each other on the very same digital platforms they use to collaborate in areas such as trade and manufacturing.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is currently conducting an inquiry into digital platforms.
Any discussion about regulating social platforms should recognise how new policies could reduce the bottom line of small businesses.
Specify what you want, and that might be all you’ll get, whereas if you are vague…
Counterintuitively, vague incentives are often stronger than clear ones.
Sugar baby websites exemplify a wider trend of casualisation in working relationships.
Sugar daddy capitalism is deformalising relationships and erasing the lines between commercial and non-commercial worlds.
ACCC Chair Rod Sims released the preliminary report of the Digital Platforms Inquiry into Google, Facebook and Australian media on December 10 2018.
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.