Editor's note

Australia could play a leading role in the regulation of the new media giants Google and Facebook, write Sacha Molitorisz and Derek Wilding, after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission yesterday released a landmark series of draft recommendations aimed at supporting journalism as a public good, protecting our privacy and limiting the ability of media companies to manipulate the news that’s served up in news feeds and search results.

Meanwhile, according to a new report, the rates of Indigenous incarceration – already a national disgrace – are continuing to rise. As Sophie Russell and Chris Cunneen point out, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians make up 2% of the general population, but 28% of the prison population. But a new approach of “justice reinvestment” may point to a way forward. A trial program in Burke, NSW, has had a profound impact, with a 23% reduction in police-recorded incidents of domestic violence and a 42% reduction in days spent in custody for adults. Moreover, it achieved savings to the criminal justice system and the broader community of $3.1million.

Peter Martin

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The Competition and Consumer Commission is worried about the ability of the platforms we use to determine the news we read. Shutterstock

Digital platforms. Why the ACCC’s proposals for Google and Facebook matter big time

Sacha Molitorisz, University of Technology Sydney; Derek Wilding, University of Technology Sydney

Australia might become the first country in the world to submit Google and Facebook's algorithms to a public interest test.

It is a national shame that Indigenous people make up 2% of the general population, but 28% of the prison population. Mick Tsikas/AAP

As Indigenous incarceration rates keep rising, justice reinvestment offers a solution

Sophie Russell, UNSW; Chris Cunneen, University of Technology Sydney

Indigenous Australians are vastly over-represented in the prison population, but the success of a new program is offering hope that it can be turned around.

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