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.
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.
The SIDN fonds just announced that our proposal to develop a diversity toolkit to help media organizations to understand and to optimize for the quality and diversity of their recommendations in collaboration with Blendle. Blendle is an innovative Dutch online news platform that offers access to articles from more than 100 publishers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. The project will start in early 2018.
Today we held a one-day workshop in which we brought together leading researchers in the field of news personalisation in Europe in collaboration with the Hans Bredow Institute in Hamburg. It was an inspiring exchange of thought on the conceptual and the empirical level.
This semester Judith is visiting the Hans Bredow Institute in Hamburg as a fellow in the research network Algorithmed Public Spheres. Together with Dr. Cornelius Puschmann she will work on a concept for a study on how personalized search results can produce different kinds of public spheres by using a new tracking tool of user behaviour.
We presented our research on the impact of algorithmic design on diversity of the output at the 3rd International Conference on Computational Social Science in Cologne. Algorithms preform a lot better than we expected, at least when they select articles from a broadsheet newspaper.