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23 May 2024

Age verification for social media: Do kids and parents even want it?

Age verification for social media would impact all of us. Dr Justine Humphry, Dr Catherine Page Jeffery, Dr Jonathon Hutchinson and Dr Olga Boichak from Media and Communications investigate the efficacy and risks of age-checking technologies and whether there are better approaches to mitigating online harms affecting young people.
20 May 2024

The tentacles of retracted science reach deep into social media. A simple button could change that.

On social media, health myths based on debunked science abound. A new tool could be social media's best defence against misinformation.
01 May 2024

Where to next in Australia's battle with Elon Musk and X?

Professor Terry Flew, in Digital Communications and Culture, says the Australian government's battle with Elon Musk and X over violent content appears admirable, but will it change anything for those vulnerable to its harm?
01 May 2024

Methane emissions from landfill could be turned into sustainable jet fuel in plasma chemistry leap

A new plasma technique developed by researchers at the University of Sydney could help create a circular economy for waste-generated methane emissions.
22 April 2024

Fake news and misinformation: Sydney universities launch new database

Terry Flew, Professor of Digital Communication and Culture, leads a team of researchers working to combat misinformation, fake news and disinformation online.
11 April 2024

Plant more native trees to reduce landslide risk, say researchers

Landslides typically occur under heavy rain. With the potential for increased precipitation due to climate change and a possible return to La Nina reinforcing slopes with native trees and shrubs could be an effective, economical and sustainable solution.
27 March 2024

University of Sydney researchers to inform government on jobs, skills and immigration

Three University of Sydney academics have had their research expertise recognised with appointments to councils informing Australian government policy in the critical areas of jobs and skilled immigration policy.
18 March 2024

Ground-breaking research informs NSW AI inquiry

Sydney Law School researchers have provided evidence on the use of automated decision-making in state and local government sectors in New South Wales (NSW) at the NSW Artificial Intelligence Inquiry.
18 March 2024

Professor Fleur Johns appointed as Head of School and Dean of Sydney Law School

Professor Fleur Johns is returning to Sydney Law School, where she started her prestigious academic career. She commences in Semester 1, 2025. Professor Johns is committed to research excellence and educational innovation, and is dedicated to enhancing student experience, learning and well-being.
13 March 2024

Raising the Bar makes post-work socialising a whole lot smarter

The University of Sydney and the City of Sydney have teamed up to bring the classroom to the pub, inviting 10 researchers and 10 entrepreneurs to combine their visions of a healthy future with Sydney's thirst for knowledge.
06 March 2024

How to make schools gender inclusive

Becoming co-educational is not the answer to gender-inclusivity. Rather, a holistic, community-involved approach is needed, write Drs Kellie Burns and Jessica Kean.
27 February 2024

Why Egypt refuses to open its border to Palestinians

Gazans attempting to shelter in Rafah are not permitted to cross the border into Egypt. Liyana Kayali, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, explains why.
08 February 2024

Smartphones mean we're always available to our bosses. 'Right to disconnect' laws are a necessary fix

Availability creep has led to significant unpaid overtime which "takes workers away from a fair day's work for a fair day's pay", writes Associate Professor Chris F Wright for The Conversation.
06 February 2024

Why do we have single sex schools?

Tradition and retrograde ideas about social interactions between boys and girls still inform discussions around co-educational versus single-sex schooling, write University of Sydney authors for The Conversation.
30 January 2024

Mysterious pearl shells unearthed in French Polynesia

Associate Professor James Flexner, archaeologist, returned from a dig in French Polynesia where, together with local community members, he and his team found relics from the country's missionary past.
29 January 2024

Anti-social media: What can be done to stop platforms from driving democratic societies apart?

Platforms designed to captivate our attention can foster environments where mental health deteriorates, political divides widen, and extremism finds fertile ground, writes Professor Uri Gal for ABC Religion & Ethics.
25 January 2024

Centralised social networks potentially hinder innovation

Social systems where influence is centred around one or two individuals can lead to pack mentality and group think in farming communities, according to new research.
16 January 2024

Is Jokowi paving the way for an Indonesian political dynasty?

By installing his son as the Presidential frontrunner's deputy, Joko Widodo may continue to wield power long after he leaves office. Indonesian law expert Professor Simon Butt and his colleague explain how this was engineered in The Conversation.
11 December 2023

Skills in Demand visa a 'triple-win' for workers, business and Australia

The new 'Skills in Demand visa' announced today will help to address major flaws in Australia's migration system that have led to worker exploitation and failed to address labour market needs, according to two leading employment relations and migration academics from the University of Sydney Business School.
11 December 2023

The government's preventative detention legislation, explained

New laws that allow certain former immigration detainees to be re-detained if they have committed a crime and pose an unacceptable risk to the community are not as black and white as they may seem, write Drs Michelle Peterie and Amy Nethery for The Conversation.