Australia has made an audacious effort to save the free press from Big Tech giants in the digital world, particularly in the wake of regulators stating that tech firms like Facebook and Google exert an outsized influence on their circulation of news to the general public. The country is determined to maintain its strong free-press tradition, which has been under assault from tech powerhouses in recent years. The country’s ruling center, the Liberal Party, is determined to defend the free press as the main pillar of a free society. With a strong free press, the country’s politicians are able to maintain a stranglehold on the political process and hold the reigns on executive power. Regulators have been sent into the foxholes to fight these powerful media players.
As an editor for the popular online think tank, “The Conversation”, I have been closely following the unfolding of this story. While it appears that Australia is facing a battle with tech giants, the country’s government is also facing a formidable foe. It is the Australian consumer who is gearing up to fight tech giants. This is a fight that will define the future of the digital space in Australia.
Regulators in Australia have been attempting to keep the gateways to tech companies closed while they examine the impact of tech giants on the marketplace. This is a very tough sell for a country that is already technologically behind the tech curve. The regulators feel compelled to act because of pressure from both members of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the media. The Federal Attorney General, Mr. Jeff Potour, has sent strong signals that the government will not stand in the way of press groups to publish stories based on unconfirmed reports that are detrimental to the country.
Tech News Australia reports reveal that the head of media at the Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Broad, has requested that the government prevent the news organization from publishing stories on any company that is based in Australia. This is part of a long campaign by the Australian media to keep out companies that are offshore. There is no doubt that this move by the media will backfire, but the question is whether or not it is right. Does the law already exist to prevent media from being able to publish stories about offshore companies?
Australia is already giving itself a bad rap when it comes to technology. Regulators in the country are criticizing the Federal government for its lack of concern over tech startups that fail. The lack of concern is surprising because this country traditionally has a strong tech sector. Not only is Australia a leading tech nation, but it has been turning heads with new products like the “sails” phone and other technological innovations. But, is Australia ready to embrace the next generation of mobile technology? The lack of information on this front has many entrepreneurs wondering whether or not Australia is ready to take its place beside the U.S. as a leading nation in the tech world.
The lack of information is frustrating for entrepreneurs. They understand that they need to be proactive in keeping up with new developments and that means having constant conversations with their tech suppliers. But, with limited resources, they are at a loss as to what they should be doing. It would seem that the government needs to get more involved to make sure that new businesses have every resource they need in order to launch and grow.
The lack of news coverage regarding new businesses in Australia may hurt the overall reputation of the nation in the tech industry. Many would argue that if the media were more proactive in holding tech companies accountable then there wouldn’t be so much negativity associated with the industry. With so many news stories discussing the negative aspects of the tech sector, it is important that the government provides more support in order to encourage tech startups to succeed.
Unfortunately, Australia lacks the power that many other countries have when it comes to regulating tech companies. The lack of clarity is causing problems for both businesses and consumers. Consumers are frustrated, and tech startups are scratching their heads trying to figure out how to proceed. If the government truly wants to promote more news coverage about tech, they need to take a harder look at news coverage and consider publishing guidelines that would allow both sides of the industry to have a better voice.