Techdirt: The Best Summary Of Australia’s News Link Tax / ‘Bargaining Code’ Legal Issues

Techdirt: The Best Summary Of Australia’s News Link Tax / ‘Bargaining Code’ Legal Issues . “The Juice Media, an Australian outfit that is famous for making hilarious ‘Honest Government Ads’, usually for the Australian government (but sometimes for elsewhere) has put out a new ‘ad’ about the link tax in which they explain how it was a fight to take money from one set of giant rich companies, and give it to another set of giant rich companies, and not to do anything useful in between.” Includes several obscenities. Hysterically funny and also enraging.

Namoi Valley Independent (Australia): New website offers insight into historical Female Factory in Paramatta

Namoi Valley Independent (Australia): New website offers insight into historical Female Factory in Paramatta. “LAST Sunday marked the Bicentenary of the Parramatta Female Factory, an institution which operated as an assignment depot, prison, place of industry and medical facility for approximately 5,000 women and children until its closure in 1848….The City of Parramatta has created a website which details many of the stories of the women who passed through the Factory gates.”

CNN: Australia passes new law requiring Facebook and Google to pay for news

CNN: Australia passes new law requiring Facebook and Google to pay for news. “The country’s unprecedented new law had been hotly debated in recent months. Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOGL) had opposed the initial version of the legislation, which would have allowed media outlets to bargain either individually or collectively with them — and to enter binding arbitration if the parties couldn’t reach an agreement.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Political ads, fake news targeted in newly formed misinformation code

Sydney Morning Herald: Political ads, fake news targeted in newly formed misinformation code. “Political advertisements that misrepresent or deceive the public could also be prohibited and tools to help users know if they’ve been targeted by a political party are also expected to be introduced by the platforms in order to meet a series of commitments laid out in a voluntary misinformation and disinformation code of practice.”

NiemanLab: As Facebook pulls news in Australia, rural and elderly Australians will be hardest hit

NiemanLab: As Facebook pulls news in Australia, rural and elderly Australians will be hardest hit. “A study of local news consumption by the News and Media Research Center at the University of Canberra shows 32% of people in regions with populations under 30,000 have been turning to social media to fill the news gap. Newspaper closures and job losses have hit areas outside Australian cities hard. More than 100 local news outlets have closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Removing news from Facebook will further restrict the choices of people with already limited access to news.”

CNET: Facebook accidentally blocks own page during Australian news takedown

CNET: Facebook accidentally blocks own page during Australian news takedown. “Facebook’s sudden decision to restrict people in Australia from reading and sharing news resulted in an ironic if unintended consequence for the social media giant. According to multiple reports, Facebook accidentally restricted its own Facebook page on Thursday in Australia, before restoring it later in the day.”

Lifehacker Australia: How to Get the Most Out of Apple News Now That Facebook Is a No-Go

Lifehacker Australia: How to Get the Most Out of Apple News Now That Facebook Is a No-Go. “If you’re familiar with the service – awesome. If you’re new to it however and would like some insight into how best to use it, we’re here to help. Here are some tips on how to make sure you’re curating your news experience to suit your needs and preferences i.e. all Lifehacker, all the time (I’m joking).”

ABC News (Australia): Sex abuse survivors lose archive as Facebook removes news from ‘life saving’ site

ABC News (Australia): Sex abuse survivors lose archive as Facebook removes news from ‘life saving’ site. “A survivor of clergy abuse who started a Facebook group to help other survivors says he is ‘devastated’ by the social media giant’s decision to block Australian news….[Richie Scutt] estimated more than 2,000 news articles had been shared to the Facebook group since 2016, and said he was devastated to find they had all disappeared when he logged onto Facebook this morning.”

Fast Company: Facebook has banned Australian news, but there’s a workaround

Fast Company: Facebook has banned Australian news, but there’s a workaround. “It’s unlikely that the news ban will last forever, at least in its current form….But in the meantime, Facebook users are stuck without a way to share reliable information on the world’s largest social media platform. That’s not ideal, given how easily misinformation can flourish on Facebook instead. Fortunately, there is a workaround.”

CNET: Facebook pulled news in Australia. Here’s why that matters everywhere

CNET: Facebook pulled news in Australia. Here’s why that matters everywhere. “Thanks to Facebook’s decision, people and publications in Australia can no longer post news stories. In fact, users can’t even see news stories. Posts from international publishers like the New York Times don’t appear in Australian feeds at all. The implementation has been chaotic. Facebook has accidentally blocked various government pages, including two official health agencies amid a pandemic. Some publications are blank not just in Australia, but around the world. Many of my US colleagues can’t see the posts on CNET’s Facebook page.”

Victoria Harbor Times: DNA database to track bushfire impact to local wildlife

Victoria Harbor Times: DNA database to track bushfire impact to local wildlife. “The impact of the devastating Black Summer bushfires on native plants and wildlife will be able to be tracked, thanks to a new database being created in Canberra. A DNA database of local flora and fauna is being developed as part of a collaboration between the University of Canberra, the Australian National University and Canberra company Diversity Arrays Technology.”