How does the Convergence Review balance its deregulatory vibe with its assertion that content standards are still necessary, because the community expects them and because failing to restrict access to some content can do harm?
Most articles on news sites (including humble little Crikey) run comments below the stories. What's the point? Only one comment in a 100 is worth reading and they are a financial burden, says Joel Johnson.
The New Zealand Law Commission recently released an issues paper that elegantly deals with the very same issues the Finkelstein inquiry is considering in Australia, including how to define "news media" in the internet age, and what a beefed up regulation system might look like.
If mainstream media outlets spend their diminishing resources in a futile battle to be first, then they will race themselves out of business to no useful end. That is not where resources should be deployed.
The question of pre-moderation vs post-moderation of reader comments on a publisher website is a fascinating one. It’s also increasingly integral to modern news outlets, writes Jonathon Oake at blog The Spongeist.