Q: What are the consequences of digital disruption for how people in our region engage with their world, connect with communities of interest, and interrogate news and ideas?
Q: How much say do individuals and government have over data collection and access, content management, speech standards, intellectual property, and consumer rights on these digital platforms?
Q: What are the responsibilities of the private entities behind these platforms?
In the wake of fake news and Russian-bought ads that proliferated the 2016 U.S. presidential election, people have started taking a more critical look at the role of social media in society. As social media companies launch new policies in the aftermath, several questions still remain, and among them, a wide-reaching topic for debate: How […]
Food delivery platform Foodora, it seems, is trying to claim intellectual property rights over an encrypted chat group that Foodora riders were using to swap tips and shifts, and talk about pay and conditions. This raises important questions about what digital privacy rights we have, especially over what might once have been “water cooler” conversations. […]
Uber, Airtasker, Foodora, and Amazon Mechanical Turk are brokering a new workplace infrastructure where workers bid directly for work via apps. As much as the developments are heralded by some as cutting transaction costs and reducing barriers to entry into work, they are coming under increasing scrutiny over questions of worker rights and fair labour […]
This post appeared as part of a series by Facebook on social media and democracy. Social media use is ubiquitous within the everyday lives of citizens. In Australia, where I live and teach on political participation, Facebook and smartphone use are among the highest in the world. Their ease of use and constant accessibility is changing […]