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Brahim and Natali involved in report on removal of unlawful online content

Natali Helberger and Brahim Zarouali (ICDS) were involved in the WODC research report on the “legal routes for the speedy removal of unlawful online content”. This study was set up in the context of the Dutch Minister for Legal Protection’s agenda to improve the position of victims of unlawful online content. The motivation behind this …

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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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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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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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The Political Microtargeting Project: Safeguarding democratic values in digital political practices

June 2nd marks the start of a new ICDS research project: the Political Microtargeting Project. Political microtargeting takes a central feature in today’s political campaigning, which has a great impact on democratic processes and legitimacy. Political microtargeting, and the conditions under which the use of AI and data analytics can contribute to, or threaten digital democracy are …

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Operationalising Research Access in Platform Governance

This week, ICDS researchers Jef Ausloos and Paddy Leerssen presented their new report on access to platform data, in partnership with AlgorithmWatch. The report, ‘Operationalising Research Access in Platform Governance’, seeks to identify best practices for regulating the transparency of platform services for purposes of public interest research. To this end, it draws on best …

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ICDS COVID-19 Research

The COVID-19 pandemic has serious consequences for our way of living. Countries across the world have taken different approaches to tackle this crisis. The Netherlands has chosen for the “intelligent lockdown”, which has raised many questions and concerns. Therefore, ICDS is fielding a survey this week to study Dutch citizens’ attitudes towards this approach, their compliance …

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ICDS @ ICA

This May, the 70th annual ICA Conference will be held in Gold Coast, Australia. With topics ranging from chatbots to deepfakes, our ICDS team will inform you about their latest research. What specific paper presentations to expect at ICA? See the complete list below: Constructing a deepfake to measure its effects on political attitudes. Metoui, …

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