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Competition watchdog the ACCC is getting new powers over Big Tech to support media

- December 20, 2023 2 MIN READ

The government will give Australia’s competition watchdog more power to keep the likes of Google and Meta accountable as part of the News Media Bargaining Code which redistributes wealth from big tech companies into local news outlets in an effort to address an apparent power imbalance in the media industry. On Monday, the Commonwealth said… Read more »


Facebook likes Australian media again after striking a deal with the Morrison government

- February 23, 2021 3 MIN READ

Facebook’s hostage standoff with Australian government and media will end in the next few days after the company struck a deal with the Morrison government over its controversial News Media Bargaining Code. Intense negotiations with the government in the wake of Facebook blocking hundreds of media sites on its platform last Thursday, saw the warring… Read more »

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Other tech

Here’s where to look for trusted information now that Facebook News is gone

- February 19, 2021 3 MIN READ

Information is everywhere, right? Well, here in Australia, we now have one less source of news information at our fingertips. Yesterday, Facebook banned Australian users from posting news links, and sharing or viewing Australian and international news content. This will have a far-reaching impact on many organisations and groups. For the public – people of… Read more »

Global tech

Facebook bans Australian news

- February 18, 2021 5 MIN READ

If you’re reading this story, then you probably didn’t see it on Facebook. The social media giant announced overnight that it would ban Australian news media from its site, following through on a threat in response to the Australian government’s plans to force Google and Facebook to pay media companies for news featured on the… Read more »


Facebook and Google’s howls over media bargaining laws reveal how little political clout the tech giants have in Australia

- February 3, 2021 4 MIN READ

Over the past few weeks, Google and Facebook have engaged in desperate attempts to avoid regulation under the Australian government’s proposed mandatory news media bargaining code. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg even appealed to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher personally last week, hoping to shift the government’s hard stance. Both platforms’ strategies… Read more »

Global tech

Here are the alternatives to Google search

- January 30, 2021 3 MIN READ

The Australian government’s push to make Google pay news organisations for linking to their content has seen the search giant threaten to pull out of Australia. Google Australia’s managing director Mel Silva said if the government’s proposal goes ahead, “we would have no real choice but to stop making Google Search available in Australia”. Prime… Read more »

Global tech

Google threatens to turn off ‘google’ in Australia if the government forces it pay for news

- January 22, 2021 3 MIN READ

Google Australia’s managing director, Mel Silva, has told a Senate hearing into plans to force the global tech giant, as well as Facebook, to pay media companies for news, that it will turn off Google searches in Australia if the government passes the laws. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg tabled what’s known as the news media bargaining… Read more »


Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee says the government’s news media bargaining code could break the internet, but there is a fix

- January 22, 2021 4 MIN READ

The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has raised concerns that Australia’s proposed News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code could fundamentally break the internet as we know it. His concerns are valid. However, they could be addressed through minor changes to the proposed code. How could the code break the web?… Read more »


One of the internet’s inventors backs Google in its fight over paying Australian media for news

- November 26, 2020 2 MIN READ

US tech pioneer Vint Cerf, the man dubbed “father of the internet” for his work co-designing TCP/IP protocols, has backed his employer, Google, in its fight against the Australian government’s plans to make tech giants Google and Facebook pay media companies for using their content. Cerf, who has worked for Google as a vice president and… Read more »


Google claims its free services, including YouTube, are ‘at risk’ if it has to pay Australian media for news

- August 17, 2020 3 MIN READ

Plans by the Morrison government to make Google and Facebook pay local media companies for news content appear to have stirred a sleeping giant, with the global search engine publishing an open letter to Australians warning that their search data, and the company’s free services are at risk as a result. Competition regulator the Australian… Read more »