The Australia Institute welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media.
Our submission concerns the first and second term of references:
- use of social media for purposes that undermine Australia’s democracy and values, including the spread of misinformation;
- responses to mitigate the risk posed to Australia’s democracy and values, including by the Australian Government and social media platforms;
The Australia Institute has a growing body of work on the use and misuse of social media and its impact on Australian democracy.
In addition, the Australia Institute also does significant work on threats to the electoral process, the public’s right to fair and full information and social cohesion.