A fortnightly analysis of the politics of technology from some of Australia's leading digital campaigners and industry experts, brought to you by the Australia Institute's Centre for Responsible Technology
The Public Square Project book launch
Western democracy has always been anchored by the idea of a public space where people gather to share ideas, mediate difference and make sense of the world. When Facebook blocked Australian users from viewing or sharing news in 2021, it sounded the alarm worldwide on our growing reliance on global tech companies to fulfil this critical role in a digital world.
The conflict sparked a new sense of urgency around the growing movement to imagine alternative digital spaces that operate in the public interest rather than simply for a commercial bottom line.
The Public Square Project draws together leading tech scholars, industry experts, writers and activists to chart a path towards a public square worthy of the name.
Whatever happened to the free web?
The internet promised new ways to challenge power and privilege, so how has it become a tool to promote division and entrench despots?
What's the go with DuckDuckGo?
The dominance of Google's data-hungry search engine is under the spotlight in Australia, with live inquiries on its role in the Ad-tech industry and anti-competitive deals which embed the search engine in smart devices. But DuckDuckGo has proven that you can build a search engine that's not based on user surveillance.
Can technology really save the planet?
As the world's leaders debate the future of the planet, technology is being put forward as the solution to the earth's climate woes. But will smart energy networks, AI and Bitcoin really save us? This week's Burning Platforms dives deep into the environmental impacts of technology.
Sovereign platforms vs. Sovereign nations
Online platforms are acting like nation-states and governments are trying to become platforms, but are they both getting it wrong?
Privacy isn't boring: Online Privacy in Australia
With a review of the Privacy Act expected soon, and the Facebook whistleblower revealing Facebook's privacy breaches among other things, we take a deep dive into the legal frameworks for entrenching digital data rights into Australian law. From informed consent to data matching and security, is the traditional approach to privacy applicable to the online world?
· Peter Lewis, Director of The Australia Institute's Centre for Responsible Technology
· Lizzie O' Shea, Chair of Digital Rights Watch
And special guests:
· Anna Johnston, Director at Salinger Privacy
· David Swan, journalist at The Australian
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