On 21 September 2016, the Special Minister of State, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, asked the Committee to inquire into and report on all aspects of the 2016 Federal Election and related matters.
The Committee is conducting a review of cyber manipulation of elections, specifically considering:
the extent to which social media bots may have targeted Australian voters and political discourse in the past;
the likely sources of social media manipulation within Australia and internationally;
way to address the spread of deliberately false news online during elections; and
measures to improve the media literacy of Australian voters.
Submissions are due by close of business Wednesday, 8 August 2018.
The Committee has tabled the Third interim report (on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 federal election: AEC modernisation) on 21 June 2017.