The Public Square Project
Reimagining Our Digital Future. A new blueprint for a more democratic digital space.
The misinformation engine
It is now six months since Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code was passed into law, and it presents an opportunity to assess the impact of this controversial piece of legislation.
Remembering Steve Rogers, and the struggle for safe access zones
Twenty years ago this week, security guard Steve Rogers was shot and killed inside the Fertility Control Clinic in East Melbourne.
The growth of digital surveillanceLucie Krahulcova is an international digital rights activist and Executive Director of Digital Rights Watch. Lizzie O’Shea is a writer, lawyer and co-founder and chair of Digital Rights Watch. “It should worry us that we are losing rights as surveillance systems grow...
Vaccine passports are catnip for Big Tech
Digital certificates must be carefully scrutinized to avoid mission creep
Searching the past for a new digital democracy
Lawyer and writer Lizzie O’Shea thinks Lovelace has lessons for us today about we deal with digital technology.
Alternative Futures of the Paris Commune
Wednesday, 17 March, 2021. Reflection on the revolutionary vision of the Communards, 150 years after the establishment of the Paris Commune.
‘Promising Young Woman’ and the causes of women’s rage
Sunday, 14 March, 2021. Spoiler alert! Watch the movie before reading.
Rape allegations reveal Australia’s toxic political culture
Sunday, March 13, 2021. More than 40 women’s protest marches are planned nationwide.
The Judgment of Paris – Facebook VS the Communards
March 2021. For a modern web platform to take down art on account of indecency is to replicate the behavior of those stuffy gatekeepers at the Salon of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
Can Australia Save Journalism From the Internet?
Wednesday, 24 February, 2021. The legislation won’t protect the businesses it aims to help.
Facebook VS the media code: whoever wins, we lose
Thursday, 18 February, 2021. Facebook has followed through on its promise, banning news content on its platform.
Australia’s flawed push to make Big Tech pay for news
Feb 12, 2021. Proposed law will align traditional media and tech platforms against consumers.
Antitrust case reveals the dangers of Facebook’s business model
Tuesday, December 15, 2020. At stake is the right to engage online without being watched, tracked or managed.
The trouble with the media bargaining code
Sunday, 14 December, 2020. The proposed news media bargaining code tabled last week has been praised but it’s also deeply flawed.
Big Tech and COVID-19 are fueling networked authoritarianism
As borders in the digital century have become more dependent on bytes and servers than bricks and mortar, this phenomenon is both in plain sight and invisible.