74 screens of legalese don’t protect your data: here’s a blueprint for new laws that could make a difference – Fred H Cate

20 04 2019

File 20190409 2912 1wuiuu0.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1All over the world, government officials are trying to figure out how to craft laws and regulations about privacy – especially for digital data and online activity. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation took effect in May 2018; about a month later, California’s new Consumer Privacy Act did too. Both impose stringent new legal requirements on organizations that collect and use personal data. Read the rest of this entry »





Do we really own our digital possessions? – Rebecca Mardon

14 04 2019

File 20190405 180052 1xszr3j.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Microsoft has announced that it will close the books category of its digital store. While other software and apps will still be available via the virtual shop front, and on purchasers’ consoles and devices, the closure of the eBook store takes with it customers’ eBook libraries. Read the rest of this entry »





Christchurch attacks provide a new ethics lesson for professional media – Denis Muller

6 04 2019

File 20190319 28505 2sy5jp.png?ixlib=rb 1.1Two basic rules of media ethics apply to the coverage of terrorism: avoid giving unnecessary oxygen to the terrorist, and avoid unnecessarily violating standards of public decency. Read the rest of this entry »





Journalism needs to practice transparency in a different way to rebuild credibility – Michael Palanski and Andrea Hickerson

31 03 2019

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Public trust in media continues to hover near all-time lows, driven by perceptions that the news industry is partisan and peddles inaccurate information (“fake news”), as well as ambivalence about news from social media. Read the rest of this entry »





Politicians suing for defamation is usually a bad idea: here’s why – Michael Douglas

29 03 2019

File 20190318 28487 aa8az9.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1When The Project host Waleed Aly began his editorial in the wake of the Christchurch massacre, he apologised that “these won’t be my best words”. Read the rest of this entry »





The EU is trying to protect your memes: but it’s a battle against humourless algorithms – Sabine Jacques

23 03 2019

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The European parliament will vote at the end of March 2019 on a proposal to reform EU copyright law. Under this proposal, online platforms arguably have to introduce technological filters to tackle copyright infringements. This will be of particular interest to people who make satirical memes or parodies based on online content such as art or films, much of which is subject to copyright protection. Read the rest of this entry »





Four ways social media platforms could stop the spread of hateful content in aftermath of terror attacks – Bertie Vidgen

20 03 2019

File 20190318 28502 irx4gz.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed and many others critically injured, was streamed live on Facebook by the man accused of carrying it out. It was then quickly shared across social media platforms. Read the rest of this entry »





Why news outlets should think twice about republishing the New Zealand mosque shooter’s livestream – Colleen Murrell

16 03 2019

Like so many times before with acts of mass violence in different parts of the world, news of shootings at two Christchurch mosques on Friday instantly ricocheted around the world via social media. When these incidents occur, online activity follows a predictable pattern as journalists and others try to learn the name of the perpetrator and any reason behind the killings. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy pivot: Facebook wants to be more like WhatsApp. But details are scarce – Sacha Molitorisz

14 03 2019

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg delivered a 3,000+ word post last week, spelling out a new vision for the social network. It prompts just one small question: Facebook, who are you? Read the rest of this entry »





Media companies on notice over traumatised journalists after landmark court decision – Matthew Ricketson

12 03 2019

A landmark ruling by an Australian court is expected to have international consequences for newsrooms, with media companies on notice they face large compensation claims if they fail to take care of journalists who regularly cover traumatic events. Read the rest of this entry »