WA Today: The Google Maps route that leads WA tourists into the forest

WA Today: The Google Maps route that leads WA tourists into the forest. “If you’re planning to visit the Valley of Giants treetop walk in Western Australia’s Great Southern region, your intention is likely to walk atop the forest, not end up in your humble sedan accidentally off-roading through it. But for the 140,000 people who travel to the tourist attraction each year, many are finding their satellite navigation is leading them astray.”

University of Melbourne: The Hidden Stories In Australia’s Cultural Data

University of Melbourne: The Hidden Stories In Australia’s Cultural Data. “The widespread digitisation of art and culture means data science is now being used to reveal fresh cultural stories and connections that would otherwise have been impossible to uncover. Researchers are detecting surprising trends, telling the micro-biographical histories of artists and asking new questions about the connection between the environment, the economy, and Australia’s arts and cultural life.”

Junkee: The Australian Electoral Commission Has Gone Rogue On Social Media, And It’s Working

Junkee: The Australian Electoral Commission Has Gone Rogue On Social Media, And It’s Working. “We’re just over a week out from the federal election, which means you’d be hard pressed to scroll through social media without some form of political advertisement or misinformation crossing your radar. But if you’re lucky, any misinformation has likely already been fact-checked by the Australian Electoral Commission. An unexpected and unsung hero of the 2022 election cycle has been the AEC’s social media team, who have — quite frankly — chosen to go full sicko mode this year and aren’t afraid to call you out if you’re spreading electoral misinformation online.”

Wall Street Journal: Facebook Deliberately Caused Havoc in Australia to Influence New Law, Whistleblowers Say

Wall Street Journal: Facebook Deliberately Caused Havoc in Australia to Influence New Law, Whistleblowers Say. “When Facebook blocked news pages last year to pre-empt Australian legislation that would force it to pay for content, it also took down hospitals, emergency services and charities. The company says that was inadvertent; whistleblowers allege it was a negotiating tactic.”

Tamworth Regional Council (Australia): Historic & art collections from the Tamworth region to feature in new storytelling website

Tamworth Regional Council (Australia): Historic & art collections from the Tamworth region to feature in new storytelling website. “Nine local government authorities were funded to digitise significant artworks, museum objects and archives in their regions through the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund, which supports the development of cultural infrastructure in regional NSW. … The results of some of this work will now feature on Storyplace, a new website developed by Museums & Galleries of NSW that tells important stories from throughout regional New South Wales.”

ABC News (Australia): High Court asked to decide if search engine giant Google is a publisher of content

ABC News (Australia): High Court asked to decide if search engine giant Google is a publisher of content. “Google and Melbourne lawyer George Defteros are set for a showdown in the High Court of Australia today over whether the search engine giant is classified as a publisher or not. Mr Defteros successfully sued Google in 2020 for $40,000, after it failed to take down a story he said had defamed him.”

Australian Ceramics: The Complete 60-Year Archive Of The Journal Of Australian Ceramics Is Now Available!

Australian Ceramics: The Complete 60-Year Archive Of The Journal Of Australian Ceramics Is Now Available!. “The Australian Ceramics Association is delighted to announce that the digital archive of The Journal of Australian Ceramics has now been completed in collaboration with publishing services provider Exact Editions, dating back to 1962. Individuals and institutions can subscribe for unlimited and fully-searchable access to over 170 back issues and counting, with new issues published three times a year.”

Nationwide News Australia: Major deadline looms for Facebook and Google as Labor unveils multinational tax plan

Nationwide News Australia: Major deadline looms for Facebook and Google as Labor unveils multinational tax plan. “Multinationals will have more to answer for after the next election with the two major parties eyeing reform for tax-dodging giants. Announcing Labor’s economic plan on Wednesday, shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers said his party would ‘level the playing field for Australian businesses’ by forcing multinationals to pay their share of tax.”

Australian Arts Review: Australian Opera championed in national first digital library

Australian Arts Review: Australian Opera championed in national first digital library. “Australia’s first digital library dedicated to Australian Opera has launched today thanks to State Opera South Australia. State Opera Artistic Director, Stuart Maunder said that the national online archive will champion all aspects of Australian Opera and is an important vehicle to protect the past, present and future of these great works.”

For nation: 330,000 online memorials unlock individual stories of our First World War ANZACs (Mirage News)

Mirage News: For nation: 330,000 online memorials unlock individual stories of our First World War ANZACs. “The individual wartime journeys of over 330,000 Australian men and women who volunteered to serve overseas in the First World War are revealed for the first time in an ambitious family history project launched today…. Australian War Stories by Memories enables descendants to search for a loved one… and receive a free online memorial of their wartime journey: from enlistment, to training, embarkation and beyond.” From the front page it looks like you have to provide information like your name, email, and postcode before you can submit a search.

InnovationAus: National Archives ramps up digitisation of ‘at-risk’ records

InnovationAus: National Archives ramps up digitisation of ‘at-risk’ records. “The National Archives of Australia has ramped up the digitisation of its at-risk records after securing a government funding lifeline last year. The agency has handed out millions in contracts to digitise parts of its collection this year but failed to properly disclose the largest deal. A $2 million contract for outsourced digitisation services was only published this week, despite work beginning in November and government ministers promoting the supplier’s project earlier this year.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Clearer disclosure of political advertising needed on social media

Sydney Morning Herald: Clearer disclosure of political advertising needed on social media. “While all political ads on television, radio and in print are required to clearly disclose who has paid for them, it is much harder for the Australian Electoral Commission to monitor the fine line between political content and advertising on social media. The sheer volume of political content on social media is astonishing: the Australian politics hashtag, #auspol, on TikTok has generated 447 million views alone. And Twitter is a constant stream of political wise-cracks, putdowns and promos.”

‘People feel abandoned’: as masks come off, thousands of Australians feel scared to go out (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘People feel abandoned’: as masks come off, thousands of Australians feel scared to go out. “…more than an estimated 700,000 Australians are, at any given time, considered immunocompromised – through genetic causes, as organ recipients, undergoing treatments for cancer and some infections and simply age. Many in these groups are choosing to remain in self-imposed lockdown as Covid-19 precautions in public settings ease.”

University of Queensland: UQ sheds light on campaign spending trends

University of Queensland: UQ sheds light on campaign spending trends. “The social media spending trends of candidates seeking to secure votes in the upcoming Federal election will be highlighted by a data dashboard created by University of Queensland academics. Experts in political and computer sciences have joined forces to build the UQ Election Ad Data Project to map and analyse data on Facebook election advertising during the 2022 campaign.”

The Guardian: Google excludes several independent candidates from Australian political ad tracker

The Guardian: Google excludes several independent candidates from Australian political ad tracker. “Google has admitted it overlooked several independent candidates and failed to include their elections ads in its public data on paid political material, raising doubts about the tech giant’s ability to track advertising during the looming federal campaign.”