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‘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.
Jacinda Ardern and Immanuel Macron will head up the Christchurch Call meeting, aimed at coordinating international regulation of harmful online content. Ian Langsdon / AAP

It’s vital we clamp down on online terrorism. But is Ardern’s ‘Christchurch Call’ the answer?

Being seen to lead is clearly an important political aspect of managing online content. But internet regulation must focus on creating policy that is clear, accountable, balanced and open to appeals.
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.
Maria Meza, a 40-year-old migrant woman from Honduras, runs away from tear gas with her 5-year-old twin daughters in front of the border wall in Tijuana, Mexico. Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

Of the trillion photos taken in 2018, which were the most memorable?

Each day, readers are bombarded with shocking, inspiring and informative images. In their overwhelming volume, they can be easily forgotten. Nonetheless, some do rise to the top.
WeChat is a Chinese social media platform, similar to Facebook. Shutterstock

How Australia’s Mandarin speakers get their news

Findings from a new study suggest that the main source of news for Mandarin-speakers living in Australia is local, Chinese-language outlets accessed via WeChat.
Alan Soon of Splice Media is promising a million dollars to give to start-ups to transform media in Asia. Shutterstock

Media Files: What does the future newsroom look like?

What does the future newsroom look like? The Conversation, CC BY52.4 MB (download)
We often hear about media companies shedding staff and revenues, but is there hope? We ask the man with a mission to launch 100 media start-ups in three years: what does the future newsroom look like?
It’s actually very hard to find photos of people with their eyes closed. Bulin/Shutterstock.com

Detecting ‘deepfake’ videos in the blink of an eye

The new technology behind machine learning-enhanced fake videos has a crucial flaw: Computer-generated faces don't blink as often as real people do.
SAT reading scores in 2016 were the lowest they’ve ever been. Aha-Soft/Shutterstock.com

Why it matters that teens are reading less

In 1980, 60 percent of 12th graders said they read a book, newspaper or magazine every day for pleasure. By 2016, only 16 percent did.

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