Much of the world is moving online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Society’s newly increased dependence on the internet is bringing the need for good cyber policy into sharp relief.
The father of the web wants to address issues including malicious content circulation, misinformation, and the polarisation of online debate. But the methods he is proposing aren’t great.
A recent federal court ruling lets big telecom companies censor the internet in ways that boost their own profits – but also allows local and state governments to outlaw censorship if they wish.
Private companies – many based in the US – are blocking access to their websites from particular countries around the world. It’s contributing to a splintering of the global internet.
The internet developed as a place for open collaboration; there are technical limits on its transformation into a commercial marketplace.
The end of net neutrality in the US does not mean the rest of the world will follow – and there’s plenty of evidence that demonstrates continued commitment to open access.
Efforts to kick extremists off the internet can’t succeed and might even have the unintended side effect of bolstering support for radical groups.
ABS figures show that Australia’s appetite for faster broadband is growing apace.
Trump’s FCC chairman Ajit Pai has proposed a major change in internet regulation, doing away with the Open Internet Order. Experts describe what’s at stake, and why it matters.
While the US is reeling from rampant fake online news, political movements in Europe are using the internet as a powerful democratic symbol to win elections. Will cyber-optimism or pessimism win?
The Digital Economy Bill would effectively create a hackable register of pornography users and block ‘unconventional’ material.
This year marks the 30th birthday of .au domains. We’ve come a long way but there’s big change ahead.
3D printing is opening doors to amazing opportunities and benefits – as well as some undeniable dangers. Patience and caution about regulating it will yield more innovation.
Not all internet traffic is the same. Despite the recent legal win for network neutrality, many questions remain.
The ‘right to be forgotten’ won’t always help when someone posts something harmful about you – but there are other options.
Internet providers increasingly allow services to subsidize the cost of delivering their content to users. That may seem like a win for consumers, but game theory suggests otherwise.
Australia’s connection to the internet continues to grow but there are still 1.3 million households not online.
The Internet Watch foundation is to share its database of abusive image digital signatures in a drive to clean up the internet.