Opinion

The Australian government looks set to end the free ride on local media by Google and Facebook

- April 20, 2020 3 MIN READ

Digital platforms such as Google and Facebook will be forced to compensate news media companies for using their content, under a new mandatory code to be drawn up by Australia’s competition watchdog. The announcement, made by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg today, follows last year’s landmark report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which found… Read more »

Opinion

The Australian government’s plan for a coronavirus contact tracing app will reveal who you hang out with

- April 16, 2020 4 MIN READ

The federal government has announced plans to introduce a contact tracing mobile app to help curb COVID-19’s spread in Australia. Read more: Explainer: what is contact tracing and how does it help limit the coronavirus spread? However, rather than collecting location data directly from mobile operators, the proposed TraceTogether app will use Bluetooth technology to… Read more »

Insights

The $130 billion JobKeeper bonanza: who gets it, and how, and who misses out

- April 6, 2020 3 MIN READ

The A$130 billion $1,500-per-fortnight JobKeeper payment will benefit six million Australians for six months, with payments expected from May 1. Eligible businesses include not-for-profits and businesses with turnovers of less than $1 billion per year whose turnover is down 30%. Businesses with turnovers of more than $1 billion per year need to have lost 50%… Read more »

News & Analysis

How to boost you broadband speed with everyone working from home

- April 3, 2020 4 MIN READ

With #StayAtHome and social distancing now becoming a way of life, an increasing number of people are relying on the internet for work, education and entertainment. This has placed greater demand on our network infrastructure, reducing the bandwidth available for each user, and is leaving people frustrated at seemingly slow internet speeds. While internet service… Read more »

News & Analysis

CABIN FEVER: How to prepare for the social and psychological impacts of a coronavirus lockdown

- March 13, 2020 4 MIN READ

As the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies, we’re seeing mass isolation in virus epicentres, with about 500 million people in China “under varying degrees of quarantine”, and all of Italy in lockdown. In Australia, self-isolation is being advised for those who have been in close contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, or have travelled from a country… Read more »

News & Analysis

4% of Australian housing has been on Airbnb – and it looks like short-term rentals have been professionalised

- February 13, 2020 3 MIN READ

Short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb are increasingly displacing hotels and holiday letting agencies as the go-to form of accommodation. The ease of booking it all in seconds on your smartphone adds to the appeal of renting a well-appointed flat in Noosaville, or having basil or turmeric on hand in the kitchen of your Katoomba… Read more »

Opinion

New Zealanders bought nearly as many electric cars as Australians last year – and government policies made a big difference

- February 10, 2020 3 MIN READ

A total of 6718 electric vehicles were sold in Australia in 2019. That’s three times as many as in 2018, but it’s still small beer. More than a million fossil-fueled light vehicles (including SUVs and utes) were sold in the same period. The sales figures were published in the wake of UK Prime Minister Boris… Read more »

News & Analysis

Bushfires, bots & arson: Australian social media comes of age in the global disinformation era

- January 13, 2020 4 MIN READ

  In the first week of 2020, hashtag #ArsonEmergency became the focal point of a new online narrative surrounding the bushfire crisis. The message: the cause is arson, not climate change. Police and bushfire services (and some journalists) have contradicted this claim. We studied about 300 Twitter accounts driving the #ArsonEmergency hashtag to identify inauthentic… Read more »

Opinion

Why the government response to the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry is less than ‘world-leading’

- December 13, 2019 4 MIN READ

On Thursday the federal government responded to the recommendations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) “world-leading” Digital Platforms Inquiry. The response, however, is a less-than world-leading roadmap for reform. Few dispute the ACCC’s inquiry was ground breaking, as it held to account tech giants including Google and Facebook, and the power they wield… Read more »

Opinion

Uber’s biggest disruption is to job security

- November 28, 2019 4 MIN READ

Peter Fleming, University of Technology Sydney; Carl Rhodes, University of Technology Sydney, and Kyoung-Hee Yu, University of Technology Sydney The effective exclusion of Uber from London, one of the digital platform’s most lucrative markets, adds to a small but significant list of places putting up roadblocks to “uberisation”. Governments in Bulgaria, China, Denmark, Hungary and… Read more »