The heads of the four Digital Platforms Regulators Forum members got together earlier this week to agree on the priorities for 2022/23.
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the eSafety Commissioner and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner have named algorithms, digital transparency and increased collaboration as those priorities.
“The ACCC considers that the work of the Digital Platform Regulators Forum is key for our own work on digital platforms, particularly as we are currently reviewing whether there is a need for competition and consumer reform as part of our ongoing digital platforms inquiry,” ACCC chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb said.
According to a media release, the forum will examine a range of issues to do with algorithms, including rankings in online marketplaces and algorithmic recommendations.
The focus on transparency will be targeted at the areas of protecting Australians from potential harm, including addressing misinformation.
As for collaboration, the members have continued to commit to sharing information and coordinating on digital platform regulation.
eSafety commissioner Julie Inman Grant added the forum provides an opportunity to address issues that overlap with the other agencies’ domains.
“I’m looking forward to continuing our work together improving the experience of all Australians online, ensuring we remain at the vanguard of fair, balanced and innovative end-to-end digital regulation. With increased interdependence on technology and online services, Australians deserve no less,” Inman Grant said.
Australian information commissioner and privacy commissioner Angelene Falk added the forum will work together to ensure the best outcomes in the public interest in the digital space.