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Digital platforms and the future of news: regulating publisher-platform relations in Australia and Canada

Flew, T., Iosifidis, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-2096-219X, Meese, J. & Stepnik, A. (2023). Digital platforms and the future of news: regulating publisher-platform relations in Australia and Canada. Information, Communication and Society, pp. 1-17. doi: 10.1080/1369118x.2023.2291462


This article provides an overview of news media bargaining codes as a way of regulating relations between digital platforms and news publishers. Taking the Codes developed in Australia and Canada as policy case studies, the paper discusses recent reforms which respond to the unequal bargaining power between digital platforms and news media publishers. Despite these reforms, there are few guarantees that funds received by news publishers will be reinvested into public interest journalism. The article asks whether the discourse surrounding digital platform regulation generally, and measures by nation-states to rebalance market relations to the benefit of news publishers, are likely to yield necessary safeguards required to sustain public interest journalism, promote reliable information, and stabilise democratic societies.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Publisher Keywords: Digital platforms, news publishers, bargaining codes, platform governance, media regulation, future of news
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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