Research

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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Guest lecture Robert Gorwa on transparency and accountability in platform governance

Last month, Robert Gorwa visited the University of Amsterdam and gave a lecture in the RPA Personalised Communication Lecture Series. Robert Gorwa is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations. His research focuses on platform regulation, content moderation, and other transnational digital policy challenges. Affiliated with the Project on Democracy and the Internet …

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The regulation of online political micro-targeting in Europe

Together with Ronan Fathaigh and Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, Tom published a paper about the regulation of political microtargeting in Europe. The paper shows that political advertising, including political microtargeting, is protected by the right to freedom of expression. That right is not absolute, however. From a European human rights perspective, it is possible for lawmakers …

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