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Paddy presenting at ICA 2019


At the 69th annual ICA Conference in Washington DC, Paddy presented a study on platform ad archives, written in collaboration with Jef, Brahim, Natali & Claes. The presentation adressed the promises and pitfalls of such archives, and elaborated on several improvements. It was part of the ICA post-conference entitled “The rise of platforms: individual, institutional, and governance questions for communication research” . The full paper can be downloaded here. 

Tom’s visit to ProDemos

On March 14th, Tom Dobber was invited to present his academic insights on the effects of political microtargeting on voting intentions. This events was hosted by ProDemos (House for Democracy and the Rule of Law), in The Hague.  After the individual presentation, Tom entered a panel discussion on the topic, together with Edo Haverman (head public policy of Facebook in NL), Tom van der Meer (professor political science UvA), and Marc Oosterhout (brand strategist at N=5). Claes de Vreese moderated the panel.


New publication on the effects of personalization as a privacy calculus!

This team paper examines whether personalized communication from companies affects our willingness to engage in online self-disclosure. We examine how we balance our sense of eventual benefits, threats to privacy, and perceptions of trust when companies collect online information with which to personalize their services. Our results show that these personalization effects are context-dependent. Personalization is seen as negative when done by news and commercial organizations. This is not, however, the case with health websites.

Click here to read the paper!

News personalization symposium report

The 2018 Amsterdam Symposium On News Personalisation brought together editors, journalists, technologists, and academics to discuss the shared questions news personalisation confronts them with. The members of the Personews project started off the symposium by presenting the ways they have and will continue to further our understanding of news personalisation. Afterwards, participants discussed the various problems they are currently facing, as well as the different solutions they came up with to address them. Following the plenary discussion, participants broke off into groups to discuss specific aspects of news personalisation in more detail. One group, for example, discussed the way news personalisation could promote the editorial values of the media organization which uses it. This poses both broad normative challenges, like the need to revisit these values and identify the ways in which they interact with news personalisation, as well as very concrete problems, like the need to translate these values into code and measure whether they are being promoted. The full account of these discussions is available in the report.