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Paddy Leerssen was cited by newspaper NRC

ICDS researcher Paddy Leerssen was cited by the Dutch newspaper NRC, in an article about the future of ‘safe harbor’ laws for online platforms. Internet services are not responsible for the content that users post. American and European policymakers want to get rid of that guiding legal principle. Read the full text here: https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/10/26/de-tijd-van-internet-als-vrijhaven-is-voorbij-a4017426  

ICDS Team Wins Dutch Public Broadcaster’s Hackathon on Diverse Recommenders

On 9 and 10 October, a UvA-VU team consisting of Myrthe Reuver, Felicia Loecherbach, Nicolas Mattis, Sanne Vrijenhoek, and Marijn Sax took part in a 24-hour hackathon organized by the Dutch Public Broadcaster NPO. The teams were ask to help build solutions to promote diverse content to NPOstart users. The Geeky Griffins (as the team …

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New article by ICDS researchers on perceptions towards GDPR

Team members Joanna Strycharz, Jef Ausloos and Natali Helberger recently published a new paper titled: Data Protection or Data Frustration? Individual perceptions and attitudes towards the GDPR. The paper examines individual reactions to the GDPR in order to provide insights into user agency in relation to the Regulation. More specifically, it discusses empirical data (survey …

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New Covid-19 report from ICDS

Digital technologies can be part of solutions to societal crises. In fact, technological solutions are important in strategies to manage the current pandemic. These technologies range from medical data mining, use of cell phone location data to monitoring population movements and compliance, self-reporting and -diagnosis applications, and apps for contact tracking and tracing. This report …

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Marijn presents his PhD project at Felix Meritis

On Wednesday 6 October, Marijn delivered a lecture on his PhD dissertation titled ‘Between Empowerment and Manipulation’ at the recently reopened Felix Meritis. During the dinner + lecture evening, Marijn spoke for 30 minutes about his research into for-profit health apps and the often blurry lines between empowerment and manipulation in such digital choice environments.

We are HIRING! Four vacancies at ICDS

JOIN US!! At ICDS, we currently have 4 open vacancies in interdisciplinary teams. All vacancies involve collaborations with Natali Helberger and Claes de Vreese. More precisely: Postdoctoral researcher in media and platform regulation; Postdoctoral researcher in AI and automation in the media sector; Postdoctoral researcher in/on the regulation of political microtargeting; PhD candidate in AI …

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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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