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.
Affiliate member Magdalena Wojcieszak got awarded a prestigious ERC grant:
Europeans Exposed to Dissimilar Views in the Media: Investigating Backfire Effects
In many countries, hostility, distrust, and intolerance are on the rise. In this context, scholars claim that encountering dissimilar arguments fosters tolerance, and policymakers promote exposure to different views in the media. Yet, these efforts can make people more extreme and more hostile toward the other side. Magdalena Wojcieszak’s project will use online behaviour tracking, automated content analyses, panel surveys, qualitative work, and experiments in four countries to address a fundamental question: Under which conditions exactly does exposure to dissimilar views in the media amplify or attenuate hostilities among citizens with different opinions? The results will offer insights for scholars, policymakers and practitioners working on media diversity and social cohesion.