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Podcast episode: Brahim Zarouali on algorithms in our digital society

Many big tech companies collect a lot of data about us, which they then use for their so-called “algorithms”, which determine what we see. But how exactly does this work? Why are platforms, advertisers and media companies so eager to use data and algorithms? And what does scientific research say about the influence of algorithms …

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ICDS research on personality-congruent political microtargeting in the news

Tailor-made messages from political parties that are targeted based on your personality can have an effect on voting intentions, according to a recent study carried about by ICDS researchers Brahim Zarouali, Tom Dobber & Claes de Vreese. This finding has led to news coverage on multiple outlets, among others, the NOS (national public broadcaster of …

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Natali Helberger about the groundbreaking Digital Services Act

European Union lawmakers are currently in the process of drafting a legislative package designed to rework how internet platforms are regulated, rein in tech giants like Google and Amazon, and strengthen user rights; the The Digital Services Act. According to Natali Helberger “There’s definitely groundbreaking stuff in there” . Read the full article here: https://www.vice.com/en/article/xgz8ew/this-upcoming-european-legislation-could-reshape-internet

Interview with Joran van Apeldoorn about the CoronaMelder-app

The privacy, security and effectiveness of the contact tracing app (CoronaMelder) in the Netherlands remain problematic. Read Joran van Apeldoorn his recent interview with Folia online where he discusses the pros and cons of the app or listen to the radio fragment from NPO Radio1. The full article can be found here: https://www.folia.nl/wetenschap/141299/door-alle-technische-problemen-wegen-voordelen-coronamelder-niet-op-tegen-nadelen Or listen …

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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 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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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

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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