After defamation ruling, it’s time Facebook provided better moderation tools – Fiona R Martin

2 07 2019

After a NSW Supreme court judge ruled last week that Australian publishers are liable for defamatory comments on their Facebook sites, it’s clear that page owners need to get serious about social media management. Read the rest of this entry »





What we know about how political parties use Facebook advertising and what we don’t – Katharine Dommett and Sam Power

29 05 2019

Over the past five years, Facebook has exploded as a site for political advertising and election campaigning. Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Merkel have all used it to promote their ideas. Yet despite the increasing prominence of Facebook, we currently know very little about how much political parties actually spend on the platform. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook wants to combat fake news with ID checks: with ‘grave implications’ for our privacy – Fadi Safieddine

10 05 2019

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The last time I recall someone demanding: “Show me your ID” was on the streets of Beirut during the final days of the civil war. Now, I get the same thing when I log into Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »





Zuckerberg’s ‘new rules’ for the internet must move from words to actions – Andrew Quodling

7 04 2019

After years of rejecting calls for increased regulatory oversight of Facebook, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has now called for more cooperation with government in dealing with problems posed by internet platforms and emergent internet technologies. Read the rest of this entry »





Why not nationalize Facebook? – Blayne Haggart

15 03 2019
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The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal is fast emerging as a watershed for our increasingly digitized society. For the first time, how to regulate personal data has become a mainstream public issue, so it’s important that we understand fully all the options available to us. Read the rest of this entry »





Social media doesn’t need new regulations to make the internet safer: GDPR can do the job – Eerke Boiten

16 02 2019

From concerns about data sharing to the hosting of harmful content, every week seems to bring more clamour for new laws to regulate the technology giants and make the internet “safer”. But what if our existing data protection laws, at least in Europe, could achieve most of the job? Read the rest of this entry »





Data privacy rules in the EU may leave the US behind – Thomas Holt

3 02 2019

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France made headlines on 21 January 2019 for fining Google US$57 million – the first large fine to be issued for violations of the European Union’s newly implemented General Data Protection Regulations. GDPR, as it’s called, is meant to ensure consumers’ personal information is appropriately used and protected by companies. It also creates procedures to sanction companies who misuse information. Read the rest of this entry »





Amazon, Facebook and Google don’t need to spy on your conversations to know what you’re talking about – Jason Nurse

27 01 2019

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If you’ve ever wondered if your phone is spying on you, you’re not alone. One of the most hotly debated topics in technology today is the amount of data that firms surreptitiously gather about us online. You may well have shared the increasingly common experience of feeling creeped out by ads for something you recently discussed in a real life conversation or an online interaction. Read the rest of this entry »





Three ways Facebook and other social media companies could clean up their acts: if they wanted to – Anthony M. Nadler and Matthew Crain

9 12 2018

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Facebook is in crisis mode, but the company can take major steps to fix itself – and the global community it says it wants to promote. Facebook founder, CEO and majority shareholder Mark Zuckerberg need not wait for governments to impose regulations. If he and other industry leaders wanted to, they could make meaningful changes fairly quickly. Read the rest of this entry »