The ASG Excellence in IT Journalism Award WINNER ANNOUNCED!
The Australian Financial Review’s Max Mason has won the ASG Excellence in IT Journalism Award for the second year in succession. The award is conducted in conjunction with the National Press Club of Australia. It recognises journalists who have contributed outstanding work related to IT and helped broaden community understanding of issues in the sector.
Mason’s entry - a series of stories under the theme of ’The shine comes of big tech’ - provided a detailed insight into the major issues companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Netflix have created in the regulatory environment.
The judges were particularly impressed by his investigation of Netflix and his analysis of the complex issues involving taxation in the digital era. While the issues related to transfer pricing and tax base erosion are well known, Mason uncovered the fact that Netflix had never filed financial accounts in Australia, despite having operated in the country for the previous four years. Following his story, the streaming giant lodged its accounts with ASIC and Mason was able to reveal the relatively small amount of tax the company had pald in Australia - less than half a million dollars. This was despite the fact that it was estimated to have earnt at least $600 million and possibly as much as a billion dollars in revenue from Australian subscribers.
As the winner of the ASG Excellence in IT Journalism Award, Max Mason will receive a study tour to the value of $10,000.