The ACCC's Digital Platforms Report: What it Means for the Media?

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The ACCC's Digital Platforms Report: What it Means for the Media?

Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street

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On 26 July the ACCC’s Final Report in its Digital Platforms Inquiry was released by the government. At over 600 pages, the long-awaited report did not disappoint in length. But does it provide the much-sought after relief to a media sector that has been struggling with the fall-out from digital disruption for over a decade? Many attribute the pressures on traditional media, manifesting in budget cuts, job losses and the impoverishment of local, regional and investigative journalism, to the rise and power of the digital platforms. Additionally there has been growing unease about a range of trends associated with the pervasiveness of Google and Facebook, including the degradation of privacy and the proliferation of so-called ‘fake news’. For some, these concerns translate into a threat to our liberal democratic order to which a diversified and sustainable media industry is integral. The country’s competition and consumer watchdog was given the formidable task of tackling these issues from competition, consumer protection, privacy and public interest perspectives. It has produced 23 recommendations to government and while the initial response from our political leaders has indicated broad acceptance of the need for reform, we will need to wait until the end of the year for a more detailed response and a road map for action.

Jointly convened by Melbourne Law School’s Centre for Media and Communications Law and Competition Law & Economics Network, this seminar will report on the Inquiry’s key findings and recommendations as they relate to the media and explore their implications if accepted (or not) by Government. It will draw on the expertise and insights of a panel comprising senior representatives from academia, the media and the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Pre-event drinks from 5:30pm (Common Room, Level 9), Seminar starts at 6:15pm (Room 920, Level 9) and Seminar finishes at 7:30pm.

Presenters

  • Dr Karen Lee
    Dr Karen Lee, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law
  • Ms Clare Gill
    Ms Clare Gill, Director of Regulatory Affairs
  • Associate Professor Margaret Simons
  • Professor Caron Beaton-Wells
    Professor Caron Beaton-Wells, Director, Competition Law and Economics Network