Gig platforms’ claims over worker chat groups: fraught territory indeed | Kimberlee Weatherall

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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. […]

Gig economy jobs: Australians back proactive fix for regulatory black hole | Ariadne Vromen

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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 […]

It’s not too late to fight for our digital rights. Here’s how we start | Ariadne Vromen, Kimberlee Weatherall, Fiona Martin, Gerard Goggin

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Uber’s admission that it covered up a major data hack affecting 57 million users is the latest example of a mass infringement of digital rights. As our worlds move ever more online, to the benefit of major technology firms such as Uber, Facebook, and Google, the need for a frank and open discussion about our […]

Young people do care about privacy, despite what Mark Zuckerberg and George Brandis say | ABC News

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Millennials don’t care about privacy because they share (or overshare) their life on social media, right? But it’s not actually that simple. A new survey sheds some light on what young Australians really think about online privacy. The survey of 1,600 people, commissioned by the digital rights and governance group at the University of Sydney, asked […]

Internet accessibility and disability policy: lessons for digital inclusion and equality from Australia | Gerard Goggin, Scott Hollier, Wayne Hawkins

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In the fifth decade of the internet, accessibility for all, especially those with disabilities, is central to digital inclusion. Yet internationally, the score card on internet and accessibility remains mixed, at best; and woefully inadequate, at worst. Via an Australian case study, we argue that it is imperative to better understand how internet technology interacts […]