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Optimising Industry-led Regulation for the Digital Platform Era

Funding: 2023: $116,092
2024: $150,284
2025: $120,075

Project Member(s): Wilding, D., Lindsay, D., Stuhmcke, A., Lee, K.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (Australian Research Council Special International)
Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2023

Summary: The aim of this project is to demonstrate how effectively designed and implemented co-regulation – where industry develops rules that are enforced by a regulator – can address harms caused by digital platforms. Widely used in the broader communications sector, co-regulation remains chronically under-theorised and its effectiveness has never been adequately reviewed. This research will provide an evidential base for optimising co-regulation in the contemporary Australian communications environment, benefiting regulators seeking to meet public policy goals; consumers experiencing online harms; and platforms themselves, who might otherwise be subject to blunt regulatory tools.

FOR Codes: Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies, Communication technologies, systems and services not elsewhere classified, Internet, digital and social media, Media and communication law, Communications and media policy