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Democrats and Republicans in Congress have asked sharp questions of social media CEOs as lawmakers consider changes to landmark internet legislation. Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP

What is Section 230? An expert on internet law and regulation explains the legislation that paved the way for Facebook, Google and Twitter

A terse piece of legislation from 1996 has been credited with creating the internet as we know it – and blamed for the flood of misinformation and other ills that have come with it.
Big Tech companies have built a better trap for profiting from consumers’ attention than the traditional media can offer. Shutterstock

Media Files: Media companies are mad as hell at tech giants and don’t want to take it anymore. But what choice do they have?

Media companies are mad as hell at tech giants and don’t want to take it anymore. But what choice do they have? The Conversation64.5 MB (download)
No wonder that, according to a new international survey, media companies are increasingly unhappy with their lot. In this episode we hear from the survey's author, Robert Whitehead.
Twitter and other social media platforms may not be lost entirely to the political partisans and propagandists. Shutterstock

Twitter isn’t just for political hashtag warriors. Many still use the social network to just hang out

‘Phatic sharing’ reclaims Twitter as a truly social network, rather than simply as a source of breaking news or a place for public debate between politicians, journalists, and activists.
With Australia’s level of media concentration among the highest in the world, the future of Network Ten is concerning. Paul Miller/AAP

Network Ten’s future is all about media power, not economics

The most pertinent issue is how much power the federal government is prepared to allow any single media proprietor to have.
Deals between metro and regional television networks are paving the way for future mergers if the media reach rules are changed. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Television agreement a WIN for Network Ten

A new affiliation between Network Ten and WIN may have been forced, but it opens the way for possible future mergers.
Nine’s new online streaming service means it can reach beyond its metro boundaries, and regional broadcasters are not happy. Shutterstock/Antonio Guillem

Regional TV fights back as more programmes are ‘broadcast’ online

The rise on live streaming of television programs is breaking down the protected geographical barriers on what you can watch, and the regional broadcasters are not happy.
While Microsoft, Google and Apple have had to answer questions in Canberra about whether they meet their tax obligations, their media activities seemingly defy regulation. AAP/Nikki Short

It’s time for Australians to rewind the media policy machine

Current regulations are a complete mismatch for today’s media practices and structures. While politicians shy from the debate, it’s time to heed public opinion and revisit the Finkelstein Report.

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