Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne
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Everywhere you look, there are examples of government services and products being delivered via online platforms developed by private companies. Recent events in Australia provide a myriad of examples, from vaccine booking platforms to international vaccine passports. There are recent examples of what happens when these digital platforms falter - such as the 2016 census. Join the Melbourne School of Government for an in-depth discussion on why we need to take a more critical approach to the outsourcing of digital government.
The run-up to COP26 has finally put the climate crisis at the top of the news agenda, generating an explosion of climate-related reporting, writing and reflection: ambitious new podcasts, analyses, essays, poems, even a seismic pivot by News Corp tabloids to launch a ‘Mission Zero’ campaign.
This specialist panel explores what climate coverage will look like beyond COP26. Is denialism dead, or just shifting gear into deflection, division, doomism? Is the balance question now about hope versus fear? What are the challenges and responsibilities for journalists and journalism, writers and editors, as the impacts of global heating play out?