Cyber security

The Australian government’s TikTok ban is barking up the wrong cybersecurity tree

- April 14, 2023 4 MIN READ

Australia has joined other countries in announcing a ban on the use of TikTok on government devices, with some states and territories following suit. The rationale was based on security fears and, in particular, the risk the platform will be used for foreign interference operations by China. TikTok is a video-sharing platform operated by ByteDance,… Read more »


NSW follows federal lead in banning TikTok on government devices as Premier Chris Minns deletes his account

- April 6, 2023 2 MIN READ

New NSW Labor premier Chris Minns has deleted his TikTok account as the state follows in the footsteps of federal Labor in banning the Chinese-owned social media app on government-issued devices.  Minns said the decision follows advice from the Commonwealth. On Tuesday federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus issued a directive to remove the TikTok app from… Read more »


Sex and drugs and TikTok rolls: How to keep kids safe from adult content on social media

- October 31, 2021 4 MIN READ

You may have read recently that TikTok allegedly “serves up” sex and drug videos to minors. Media reports have described the video-sharing platform, which is designed predominantly for young people, as an “addiction machine” that promotes harmful content. In an investigation, reporters at the Wall Street Journal created 31 bot accounts on TikTok, each programmed… Read more »

Global tech

TikTok Politics: How the rise of digital nationalism is a massive win for US big tech

- May 25, 2021 4 MIN READ

The massive digital platform market has until recently been dominated by a handful of US-based companies such as Facebook and Google. However, as foreign governments and competing platforms try to erode this domination, platforms are becoming a new sphere of geopolitical manoeuvring. The European Union wants to gain more control over international tech companies and… Read more »

Global tech

That TikTok video: it’s time social media stepped up to collaborate on removing harmful content

- September 9, 2020 4 MIN READ

A disturbing video purporting to show a suicide is reportedly doing the rounds on the popular short video app TikTok, reigniting debate about what social media platforms are doing to limit circulation of troubling material. According to media reports, the video first showed up on Facebook in late August but has been re-uploaded and shared… Read more »

MIcrosoft CEO Satya Nadella

If Microsoft lands its TikTok takeover bid, it would be a win for the social media app and tech giants – not users

- August 5, 2020 4 MIN READ

In what seems to be a common occurrence, Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is once again in the headlines. After months of speculation about national security risks and users’ data being harvested by the Chinese Communist Party, US President Donald Trump has announced plans to ban TikTok in the United States any day now. In response,… Read more »


TikTok is trying to distance itself from Beijing as the global backlash against the app grows

- July 24, 2020 4 MIN READ

TikTok, the made-in-China, video-sharing platform beloved by youth and influencers alike, is suddenly everywhere in our new world of COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing. The platform’s growth has been tremendous, but this has come at a cost: it has come under increasing scrutiny from politicians in the US and allies like Australia over concerns about… Read more »


5 things you should know about tech today

- June 16, 2020 5 MIN READ

  It’s tech Tuesday and lots is happening folks. Don’t forget to tune into the Startup Daily show on the business TV streaming channel every weekday, 2-3pm, where we talk to startup founders, investors and innovators about everything tech. If you’ve missed an episode, you can catch up on the ausbiz site here.   1. … Read more »