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 […]

Is Facebook a site of political engagement for young people? | Ariadne Vromen

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There can be little doubt that the institutions and practices of modern representative government have been subject to growing disillusionment from young citizens. A reluctance to vote at elections, join political parties or have a high regard for their politicians, all suggest that many young people are turning away from formal politics in many countries. […]

New style lobbying: how GetUp! channels Australians’ voices into politics | Ariadne Vromen

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GetUp!’s 2016 election campaign has claimed a big win. An online petition to save the Great Barrier Reef, started by 11-year-old Sophia on GetUp!’s citizen-led site CommunityRun, received public acknowledgement from its target: international celebrity Ellen DeGeneres. GetUp! claimed Ellen’s announcement as a win for its five-year campaign to stop dredging and new coal mines […]

Removing social media hate speech within 24 hours sounds like a good idea, but… | Fiona Martin, David Rolph

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In a bid to fight escalating anti-migrant propaganda, the this month released a blueprint for regulating online hate, which requires social media companies to take down racist material within 24 hours. This joint code of conduct sounds like a positive political compromise. But it’s unclear how it will work in practice and how it will […]

Why Facebook needs to do more to protect you from online abuse | Fiona Martin, Jonathon Hutchinson

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It took some persuading, but Facebook has agreed to join an international social media task force to help combat online hate in the wake of anti-refugee xenophobia on its pages. It’s a good outcome for the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and her Justice Minister, Heiko Maas, who last week called on Facebook to remove racist […]