We must reset the rules to stop Big Tech companies profiting from public harm.
Every other industry in Australia – banking, healthcare, telecommunications, mining, education, media and journalism – must follow rules that protect the public interest. The Big Tech companies which now have a huge impact on so much of our daily lives should be no different. Yes, businesses should pursue commercial success. But they should do well by doing good.
We believe the internet can once again become a force for good, not a marketplace for manipulation by the highest bidder.
Effective self-government requires most of the people, most of the time to rely on the same set of facts. And we need public conversations in the media that are inclusive and reflect diverse views in proportion to their presence in society. These fundamental principles are today in jeopardy.