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Digital policy in the age of global interdependence.

The International Digital Policy Research Lab, led by Professor Ingrid Volkmer (University of Melbourne) promotes work on global digital policy in the age of interdependence. We provide reports and analysis into novel issues related to digital and data policy, such as the spread of COVID-19 information on digital media, the implications of the emerging splinter platforms ecosystem and the environmental impact of technologies such as AI. Our focus is on innovative public policy to address emerging issues in digital space.  

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Younger people’s experience of the COVID-19 pandemic was shaped by their savvy use of social media platforms, navigating mis- and dis-information, subjective content loops, big-tech algorithms and emerging “splinter platforms.".

Social Media & COVID-19 – a Global Study of Digital Crisis Interaction among Gen Z and Millennials revealed the surprising ways younger people curated and shared “crisis narratives” in the pandemic, and the unprecedented influence and importance of social media platforms to crisis communications. The report draws from a study conducted across 24 countries with over 23,000 respondent social media users between 18 and 40 years of age.

Professor of Digital Communications, Globalisation and Digital Policy at the University of Melbourne and Director of the International Digital Policy Initiative Ingrid Volkmer authored the report from the study conducted with Wunderman Thompson, Pollfish and the World Health Organization.

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