Facebook's Trump Ruling Shows Need for an Independent Public Square

"The confused ruling by Facebook's internal oversight board highlights the need for an independent public network that is not driven by commercial objectives," said Peter Lewis, director of the Australia Institute's Centre for Responsible Technology.

"The Centre for Responsible Technology believes a serious look needs to be taken at building on our public broadcaster to create a civil social network where clear rules and obligations for users would exist."

The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology discussion paper can be downloaded here.

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Time to Reimagine Public Broadcasting to Address the Power of Facebook


A new report by the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology calls for a rethink of the role of the national broadcaster to provide alternate digital spaces to Facebook and other global platforms.

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Statement in response to Federal Court finding Google ‘partially’ misled consumers over collecting location data

The Federal Court has found that Google 'partially' misled consumers about collecting their location data, in a world-first action brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

“The reality is most people have little to no idea on how much of their data is being used by Google and online platforms,” said Peter Lewis, director of the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology.

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Facebook destroying its social license by restricting Australian news content

“Facebook’s decision to prevent users viewing or sharing public interest journalism will make it a weaker social network,” said Peter Lewis, director of the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology.

“The social network is destroying its social license to operate. Facebook actions mean the company's failures in privacy, disinformation, and data protection will require a bigger push for stronger government regulation.

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New Analysis: Google’s assessment of Google vastly overstated

New Australia Institute analysis shows Google’s estimates of its economic importance to Australia are vastly overstated, and Google’s claims to generate benefits of $39 billion for businesses and $14 billion for consumers do not withstand even the most basic scrutiny. Nevertheless, the tech giant uses those figures to claim it is as important to the Australian economy as the construction industry.

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Statement in response to Google threat to withdraw Google search services in Australia, should proposed Media Bargaining Code become law

In a Senate Inquiry today, Google Australia Managing Director Mel Silva told Senators “if this version of the code were to become law, it would give us no real choice but to stop making Google Search available in Australia.”

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Google’s Guinea Pigs – Australians Oppose ‘Disturbing’ News Experiment

New research from The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology has shown that four in five Australians say it is “disturbing” that a search engine can remove Australian news from its results.

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Statement on News Media Bargaining Code: Big Tech Media Code Good News for Democracy

The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology has welcomed the introduction of legislation, forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news, as globally significant response to the growing power of Big Tech.

The News Media Bargaining Code, to be tabled by the Morrison Government this week, will force the platforms to compensate for the premium journalistic content that powers their social network.

Critically, the government has included SBS and ABC in the framework, which would see an independent ruling of the most reasonable offer if an agreement cannot be reached.

Centre for Responsible Technology director, Peter Lewis, said the laws would give media organisations a fighting chance at building a viable business model, in the face of the market domination of Google and Facebook.

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Strong Public Support for Big Tech to Pay for News

The Australian public has endorsed moves by the Morrison Government to pass legislation requiring Google and Facebook to pay media companies for the news that drives their social networks.

The proposed ACCC Media Code seeks to regulate big tech platforms such as Facebook and Google, and help ensure a viable future for Australian media. The media bargaining code will force big tech platforms to pay for the news that helps drive their platforms.

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In the Face of Big-Tech Threats, Australia Needs to Plan for Life Without Google and Facebook

The Australian Government should develop a National Risk Mitigation Strategy to deal with our over-reliance on Google and Facebook, according to a new report for the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology.

In the wake of threats by Google and Facebook to scale back or close services in Australia should the Government proceed with plans to charge them for news content, the new report from the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology ‘Tech-Xit: Can Australia survive without Google and Facebook?’ identifies serious risks to Australian businesses, government services and consumers if services were withdrawn.

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