2023 Annual Report

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We’re delighted to share our highlights from 2023. Here’s a preview of our significant achievements:

  1. Launched the first-ever complaint under the Australian Code of Practice on Disinformation and Misinformation. After revealing that X (f.k.a. Twitter) shut down user-reporting for electoral misinformation across global markets, including Australia, they were struck off the Code.
  2. Secured government commitment for a Children’s Privacy Code, building on years of research and civil society convening efforts.
  3. Brought ‘systems and processes’ digital risk assessments to the Australian market, by comprehensively testing the following efforts of TikTok, Facebook, and X in the referendum:
    1. Recommender systems (or algorithms)
    2. Content moderation
    3. Advertising approvals
  4. Highlighted the failings of co-regulatory models frequently used in digital regulation in Australia, by exploring the failures in child protection created by industry-drafted online safety codes.
  5. Made public how vulnerable Australians’ data is secretly commercialised and traded.