Free Speech, Social Media and Online Speech Project

Current project

This project builds on the Centre’s expertise in human rights and freedom of expression in order to contribute to current debates and regulatory developments regarding social media and online speech. It is led by Daniel Joyce. 

The project responds to a range of contemporary policy and regulatory challenges generated by social media and its impacts on public life and democracy, free speech and offensive speech, mis- and disinformation.  All are current issues where law reform is being considered and Daniel recently made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) inquiry into civics education, engagement, and participation in Australia.  Along with contributing to public debates, the project is envisaged as a home for researchers in the Centre with interests in online speech, social media, and the wider relationship between public law, information and technology.