Award winning Mariella!


Mariella Bastian was chosen for the Dissertation Prize 2018 of TU Dortmund University (Germany) for the Faculty of Culture Studies. Her PhD thesis is entitled “Media and Accountability in Latin America. Framework – Conditions – Instruments”. The prize will be awarded on January 23 at TU Dortmund University. Congratulations Mariella!


Personalised Communication part 2 launched!

Personalised Communication 2 is officially kicked-off! On Monday January 7th, the new team gathered together for a productive meeting to discuss the research plans and challenges for 2019, followed by a cosy walking diner. After that, the team had a challenging teambuilding activity: ESCAPE ROOM. The team was split up in two groups: team Claes vs team Natali. Guess who got out first? Well, the picture below might give a hint…

Meet our new podcast star: Natali Helberger


Natali Helberger was interviewed by the “The Artificial Intelligence Podcast” on the Dutch radiostation BNR. She elaborated on how information and communication technology shapes news media, as well as her insights into ethical and transparent practices in AI.

Click here to listen to the full episode of Natali’s Podcast.

Media Fast Forward with Judith & Damian

On Friday December 14th, the Media Fast Forward conference took place in Brussels. This event focused on contemporary digital challenges, such artificial intelligence, virtual reality and personalised experiences, and highlighted some important practices and opportunities related to these societal challenges. Judith is invited to present her research, together with Damian, on the impact of algorithmic design on news diversity.

Paddy’s conference visit (CMPF) in the capital of Europe

On Friday December 7th, Phd candidate Paddy Leerssen traveled to Brussels to attend a conference organized by the European University Institute’s Center for Media Pluralism and Freedom: ‘Monitoring Media Pluralism in Europe: Between Old Risks and New threats’. Findings were presented of the latest Media Pluralism Monitor report, a massive survey on the state of play of media pluralism and press freedom in Europe spanning 31 states including all EU Member States. The group included representatives from the European Commission, Council of Europe and ERGA. In addition to the Monitor’s latest findings, the group also discussed new challenges for the monitoring of online media – a topic which is highly relevant to Paddy’s research, which focuses on algorithmic transparency and the governance of media pluralism in social media recommender systems!


Team Personalised present at the Digital Society Conference

On October 27th, the personalised team (Natali, Claes, Tom, Gijs and Brahim) attended the first Digital Society Conferencein Amersfoort. This initiative is a joint venture of fourteen Dutch universities, each of which is investing in one or more of the seven programme lines. On the conference, the team gave a presentation on the topic of political microtargeting (as part of the track ‘Citizenship & Democracy’), and engaged in an interesting interaction with stakeholders from different backgrounds. We had a very inspiring and productive day.

Sarah goes Cambridge!

Last week Sarah moved to Cambridge, United Kingdom, for a five month research visit at the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL), Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge. Sarah is currently working on the third paper of her doctoral project. In Cambridge she can engage with and present her work to a new group of researchers, including David Erdos, former IViR-colleague Christina Angelopoulos, and laywers and computer scientists working at Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory. Sarah obtained a grant from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds for her visit.

Good luck in Cambridge Sarah!

New publication on the effects of personalization as a privacy calculus!

This team paper examines whether personalized communication from companies affects our willingness to engage in online self-disclosure. We examine how we balance our sense of eventual benefits, threats to privacy, and perceptions of trust when companies collect online information with which to personalize their services. Our results show that these personalization effects are context-dependent. Personalization is seen as negative when done by news and commercial organizations. This is not, however, the case with health websites.

Click here to read the paper!