When a news story breaks, many of us reach for our phones to seek answers - relying on a quick Google search to tell us what we need to know.
Google has now calculated these top search queries when it comes to news and world events - and has revealed just what we were looking for throughout the year.
Here are the stories that Australians searched the most in 2023.
1. The Optus outage.
Despite the Internet blackout, the Optus outage was the most Googled story of 2023. The unplanned outage impacted Optus' Internet, cellular and fixed-line services in Australia.
It also impacted hospitals, banks, train services, calls to emergency services, and EFTPOS payment systems. Overall, it's believed the outage affected around 10 million Aussies and almost half a million businesses.
Although the outage lasted around half a day - all on November 8 to be exact - it made an impression.
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2. Israel and Gaza.
Since October 7 2023, news coverage on Israel and Gaza has dominated headlines worldwide.
More than 20,400 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks this year, as per the UN and BBC. And amid the terrorist attacks in Israel, approximately 1,200 Israelis were killed, according to New York Times.