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.
Judith was invited to participate in the closing debate of the annual meeting of the Swiss Association of Communication Science (SGKM) on «The power of algorithms: societal, economic and political implications» with Michael Latzer (IPMZ Universität Zürich), René Pfitzer (Lead Data Scientist, Neue Zürcher Zeitung), Jens Kaessner (Telecomjurist BAKOM), Urs Karrer (Digital Consulting Practice Lead IBM Schweiz);
Convener: Konstantin Dörr (Research and Teaching Associate Universität Zürich)
The panel was co-organised by the group Medienpolitik, Medienstrukturen und Mediengeschichte.
On Thursday Judith presented our work at the first edition of unfair current practice in Pakhuis de Zwijger. The focus of the event was the relationship between image, creator and user. What are the aesthetic conditions for producing ‘truth’? How do artists use the method of pop propaganda in mass media in their own work?How do they respond to the climate of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’?And is there space for research into truth-finding in the art?The evening aimed to interface between media, visual arts and the public and uses art to make sense of current visual questions.