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ICDS deepfake study featured in Dutch national media

Tom Dobber presented his research experimental study on a deepfake of a Dutch politician in several national Dutch media. Together with Nadia Metoui, Damian Trilling, Natali Helberger, and Claes de Veese, Tom discovered that almost all participants believed that the deepfake was in fact a real, non-manipulated video. After seeing the deepfake, participants in the …

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Natali Helberger on News Recommenders for Media Apocalypse

Natali Helberger was invited by the Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School to contribute in a series of discussions with experts about the current crisis roiling journalism in the United States and what they might do about it. The discussion was about diversity in news recommenders and the government of algorithmic recommendation systems. …

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Blog post Natali on diversity in news recommendation systems

Natali Helberger wrote a blog post on the topic of diversity in news recommendation systems. In particlar, the blog provides an in-depth assessment of how algorithmic recommendation systems for news can play a more constructive role in a diverse media landscape. The blog is publsihed on the website of the London School of Economics, and …

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Claes joins the advisory board of EDMO

ICDS project leader Claes de Vreese will join the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO). The observatory promotes scientific knowledge on online disinformation, advances the development of fact-checking services and supports media literacy programmes. By bringing toghether eminent academic scholars, EDMO aims to build out their role as Europe’s hub for a multi-disciplinary responses to online …

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Jef Ausloos interviewed by NRC on the new report on platform transparency

Jef Ausloos was interviewed by NRC.nl (Dutch newspaper) in the context of his new study (in collaboration with Paddy Leerssen and Pim ten Thije), which was published by AlgorithmWatch in cooperation with the European Policy Centre. The interview can be read via the following link (Dutch): https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/06/25/we-moeten-sociale-media-dwingen-transparant-te-zijn-a4003962

ICDS formulates recommendations for platform transparency

ICDS researchers formulate concrete recommendations for platform transparency A new study prepared by ICDS researchers Jef Ausloos and Paddy Leerssen, published by AlgorithmWatch in cooperation with the European Policy Centre, shows that the GDPR needn’t stand in the way of meaningful research access to platform data; looks to health and environmental sectors for best practices in …

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Social Media & Politics podcast with Brahim

Brahim was invited to discuss his research on social media political ads and their effectiveness on different personality types (introverts and extroverts) in the Social Media & Politics Podcast, hosted by Michael Bossetta. The podcast breaks down the findings from two experiments that Brahim conducted together with Tom Dobber & Claes de Vreese, in which …

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Brahim wins Top Dissertation award at 70th ICA!

Brahim Zarouali has won the Top Dissertation Award in the CAM Division. The dissertation was entitled: “Adolescents’ interactions with targeted advertising on social networking sites”. The dissertation consisted of three parts: (1) how are individual characteristics accounting for differences in advertising literacy among adolescents, (2) how to increase adolescents’ advertising literacy by means of situational …

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Tom in NOS Nieuwsuur!

This week, Twitter’s founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey, announced the company’s plan to ban all political ads on the platform. Tom Dobber, PhD researcher in political moicrotargeting on the Personalised Communication project was interviewed by NOS Nieuwsuur Dutch current affairs television program broadcasted daily. He expressed some reservations about Twitter’s move, and also adressed a …

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