Lukas Coch/AAP The long-awaited mandatory code that will force Google and Facebook to pay Australian media companies for news content was finally unveiled yesterday. The Treasury Laws Amendment Bill 2020 (news media and digital platforms mandatory bargaining code) will be introduced to parliament today, before being referred to a Senate […]

GETTY IMAGES Scientists have expressed support for a leading artificial-intelligence ethics researcher who says Google fired her. An open letter demanding transparency has now been signed by more than4,500 people, including DeepMind researchers and UK academics. Google denies Timnit Gebru’s account of events that led to her leaving the company. She […]

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Googlefor unlawful monopolisation. The department says Google’s conduct harms competition and consumers, and reduces the ability of new innovative companies to develop and compete. It’s the most important monopolisation case in the US since 1998, when the DoJ brought proceedings […]

PHOTOGRAPH: MIKE GIL New models of coral reefs show how fish species communicate with one another. The findings may well help save these threatened ecosystems. AMONG THE MANY egregious scientific inaccuracies of Finding Nemo—fish can talk, sharks form support groups, turtles wax their shells—perhaps none is more glaring than the conceit of fish maintaining […]

On Monday, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) brought proceedings against Facebook in the Federal Court, asking the court to impose financial penalties for serious interference with the privacy of more than 300,000 Australians. To our knowledge, this is the first time the privacy regulator has sought civil penalty orders under the Privacy […]

Google and Facebook are global companies, headquartered in the US, for whom Australia is a significant but relatively small market.’ Shutterstock/Roman Pyshchyk With concerns growing worldwide about the economic power of digital technology giants such as Google and Facebook, there was plenty of interest internationally in Australia’s Digital Platforms Inquiry. The Australian Competition […]

Facebook and Google potentially face fresh curbs on their market power. Shutterstock.com The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has called for “holistic, dynamic reforms” to address the online dominance of digital behemoths such as Google and Facebook. A 600-page report, released today, makes 23 recommendations for regulating digital platforms – […]

Only the law can hold internet companies criminally accountable. from www.shutterstock.com The terrorist attack in Christchurch is a horrific attack on society. We must consider all measures available to avoid something like this ever happening again, anywhere. Now in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to introduce new criminal laws for social […]

Although WhatsApp is described as en encrypted messaging service, it’s not as secure as you might think. rachit tank / unsplash, CC BY Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared last week that the company would shift away from open networks that embody “the town square” towards private, encrypted services that are more like “the […]