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A blog about insights from the 2018 Amsterdam Symposium on News Personalisation was featured on the LSE Media Policy Project Blog.

News organisations all across Europe are facing the same challenge: how to make use of artificial intelligence in a way that saves costs and increases users’ experience, without compromising on quality or the provision of diverse and relevant news. In order to share knowledge about the optimal use of data and algorithmic news recommendations, M.Z. van Drunen (University of Amsterdam), N. Helberger (University of Amsterdam), B. Bodó (University of Amsterdam), J.K. Sørensen (Aalborg University), J.E. Möller (University of Amsterdam), M.B. Bastian (University of Amsterdam), together initiated the 2018 Amsterdam Symposium on News Personalisation, which brought together journalists, editors, technologists and academics to discuss the issue. Here, the authors report back from the symposium. 

New publication: Do not blame it on the algorithm

In the debate about filter bubbles caused by algorithmic news recommendation, the conceptualization of the two core concepts in this debate, diversity and algorithms, has received little attention in social scientific research. This paper examines the effect of multiple recommender systems on different diversity dimensions. To this end, it maps different values that diversity can serve, and a respective set of criteria that characterizes a diverse information offer in this particular conception of diversity. We make use of a data set of simulated article recommendations based on actual content of one of the major Dutch broadsheet newspapers and its users (N=21,973 articles, N=500 users). We find that all of the recommendation logics under study proved to lead to a rather diverse set of recommendations that are on par with human editors and that basing recommendations on user histories can substantially increase topic diversity within a recommendation set.

 

Do not blame it on the algorithm: an empirical assessment of multiple recommender systems and their impact on content diversity: Information, Communication & Society

Social bubbles in Delft

Judith was invited to speak at an event organized by Bildung in Delft at the TU Delft as part of a workshop series on social bubbles. The workshops aim to  study their origin, look at their impact and even try to get out of them. The event took place in the library of the TU and was aimed at engineering students.

Bubbles from a historical perspective: PC @ Historisch debat Maastricht

On March 4th Judith will participate in the Historisch Debat organized by the Royal Limburgian History and Ancient History Association to discuss information bubbles and echo chambers as a historical phenomenon. The focus of Judith presentation will be the current debate, the historical perspective will be represented by Angelique Janssens, professor of historical demographiccs at the University of Maastricht.

New research funded: Inside the filter bubble

We were delighted to hear that JEDS/NWO decided to accept our grant proposal for studying personalised online news consumption! In the coming years, our team from the VU, UvA, CWI, and e-Science Center will automatically measure and analyse personalised online news consumption to find out whether online filter bubbles really exist and what effect they have on political knowledge and attitudes.

More information here