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RPA lecture: Public attitudes to online targeting

December 17, 2019 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Dear colleagues,

We cordially invite you to this lecture in the RPA Personalised Communication Lecture Series, which is being given by Ben Lyons (Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation – CDEI).

Ben Lyons is leading a review of online targeting for the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, a new body set up to advise the UK Government on the governance of AI and data-driven technologies. The CDEI is the first body of its kind in the world, and works to help the UK build a trusted regulatory environment for AI, that maximises the benefits and minimises the risks. Before joining the CDEI, he worked in a variety of roles in the private and voluntary sectors. He is a graduate of Oxford and Tsinghua universities



Convenience or surveillance? Public attitudes to online targeting 

Online targeting has become a critical part of the modern internet. Targeted advertising and recommend systems influence much of what we see online. They suggest videos to watch, products to buy, and which friends posts and news articles people see. Targeting can enable individuals to better navigate the internet, but as algorithms’ predictions become more accurate, concerns are growing about the extent to which we understand the way it influences individual decisions and the impact it is having on society. This talk will introduce the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation’s review of online targeting, including a discussion of the Centre’s research into public attitudes towards targeting. 


If you plan to come, please register by sending an e-mail to K.H.Hair@uva.nl


On behalf of the Research Priority Area Personalised Communication teams,

Best regards,

Prof. dr. Claes de Vreese, Prof. dr. Natali Helberger and Dr. Brahim Zarouali

University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)

The Institute for Information Law (IViR)


Info about the lecture:

Title: “Convenience or surveillance? Public attitudes to online targeting”

by Ben Lyons (Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation – CDEI)


When: Tuesday, 10 December, 16.15-17.30 hours (followed by drinks)

Location: REC C10.20

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166

1018 WV Amsterdam


December 17, 2019
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm


Amsterdam School of Communication Research


University of Amsterdam (REC C10.20)
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Amsterdam, 1018 WV Netherlands
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