Category Archives: announcements

Paper alert: Platform ad archives

Paddy, Jef, Brahim, Natali & Claes have written a new article on platform ad archives. Over the past year, social media platforms (e.g., Facebook & Twitter) have introduced publicly accessible databases documenting their political advertisements. In this article, the authors elaborate on the promises and pitfalls of such archives, and discuss several improvements and identify areas for future research and debate.

This paper is now available on SSRN via this link

Natali elected as a member of KNAW

Natali Helberger has been elected a member of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). This academy consists of excellent members selected on the basis of their great scientific and societal achievements. The KNAW bridges the gap between science and society, and promotes quality in scholarship and strives to ensure that Dutch scholars and scientists contribute to cultural, social and economic progress. This is one of the most – if not the most – prestigious positions in Dutch academia. Congratulations Natali!


Judith on a Danish mission

Judith Möller was invited to the AI 360 Human Brain workshop in Copenhagen on 21-22 March 2019. The workshop brought recognised experts together in rights and ethics, law, social science, culture, politics and economy for a multi-dimensional and thorough treatment of AI and its implications for our future societies. The outcome of AI 360 | COPENHAGEN is a report delivered to the European Commission, the Human Brain Project, and feed into a Europe-wide citizen engagement process on AI during the summer and autumn of 2019.

BEL – NL research exchange meeting

On Monday February 11th, we had the kick-off workshop of the newly established Dutch-Belgian network of research teams working on various topics regarding algorithmic personalization. IViR hosted this first workshop, which included the research teams ATAP, DIAMOND, Mintlab and NewsDNA from Belgium, and Personalized Communication I and 2, Personalized News and Fair News from The Netherlands (University of Amsterdam). The goal was to acquainted with each others work, learn from our research experiences, think about common challenges, and and foster future collaborations. The second BEL – NL workshop will take place in September, on Belgian soil.

Expert Judtih at a training seminar!


In the beginning of February, Judith Möller was invited to speak at an expert training seminar organised by the European Election Observatory and Democracy Support (EODS). In this seminar, she shared her expertise on online campaigning & social networks for an audience of officials that monitor and observe democratic elections abroad.

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…

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!