Category Archives: announcements

New article on the emerging “news logic” of personalization

Balazs’ s new article looks into the emerging logics of news personalization at European quality news media. Based on interviews he suggests that in contrast to the personalization logic of platforms which try to maximize user engagement through short term metrics, in order to sell audiences to advertisers, news organizations optimize for loyalty, as they try to sell news to audiences.

Read the open access article here:

Report on Filter Bubbles in the Netherlands

On June 12th, Judith Möller presented a report on filter bubbles in the Netherlands, written together with Mykola Makhortykh and Nathali Helberger. The Commissariaat voor de Media (media authority in the Netherlands) had asked the UvA researchers to map out the extent to which filter bubbles have manifested in the news use of Dutch people. The full report can be downloaded here here.

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.