The Listening Post

Australia: The battle to get Big Tech to pay for news

A new Australian law looks to reset Big Tech’s relationship with news media.

This past week, the Australian government passed a law called the News Media Bargaining Code – designed to force Facebook and Google to pay up for the news content that ends up on their platforms.

The tech giants have long resisted this idea, but things are changing. This is a story about value – how much news is worth, who should be funding it and how.


Lizzie O’Shea – author of Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Teach Us about Digital Technology

James Temperton – digital editor, Wired UK

Paris Marx – host, Tech Won’t Save Us

James Meese – senior lecturer, RMIT University

On our radar

Al Jazeera Media Network launches a new platform, aimed at a new audience. The clue is in the name: Rightly.

Iconic, absurd, haunting: Ten years since Gaddafi’s ‘Zenga Zenga’ speech

On February 22, 2011, with Libya in a state of revolt over his 42 years in power, Muammar Gaddafi decided it was time to take to the airwaves. For Libyans all too familiar with political repression, the “Zenga Zenga” speech, as it came to be known, was equal parts chilling and bizarre. Ten years on, we look back at one of the Arab Spring’s most extraordinary media moments.


Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy – senior research fellow, Overseas Development Institute

Mansour El-Kikhia – professor of political science, University of Texas

Abdulkader Assad – columnist, The Libya Observer