Creative Directions 2021: Public infrastructure for the digital town square

October 7, 2021; Publisher: ; Format:

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Early in 2021, the platforms Google and Facebook came under intense scrutiny due to ACCC’s new directives. The ACCC’s platform regulations threw up debates around what is a platform, what their purpose should be, and what role they play in our democracy. This panel will examine the evolving and influential role of platforms in the public sphere. It also asks what role governments, public institutions and ordinary citizens can play to safeguard and enrich democratic debate.


  • Peter Lewis (Director, Centre for Responsible Technology)


  • Dr Luzhou Li (Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies, Monash University)
  • Dr Belinda Barnet (Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, Swinburne University)
  • Lizzie O’Shea (Founder and Chair, Digital Rights Watch)