IViR Lecture: Platform Effects: How Algorithmic Intermediaries Shape Attention to News

IViR is pleased to announce that
Nick Diakopoulos
will give a lecture entitled
Platform Effects: How Algorithmic Intermediaries Shape Attention to News
on Friday 9 December 2022

Google, Twitter, TikTok, these and others are the algorithmic platforms that dominate our attention and exposure to important sources of information online. But how exactly, and to what extent, are these algorithmic feeds and interfaces shaping our collective societal attention towards different sources of information, political perspectives, dimensions of content quality, or locality?

In this talk Nick will discuss the results of a series of audit studies on different platforms which shed light on the role that such algorithmic intermediaries play in mediating and influencing human attention towards the news.

Nicholas Diakopoulos is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies and Computer Science (by courtesy) at Northwestern University where he is Director of the Computational Journalism Lab (CJL) and Director of Graduate Studies for the Technology and Social Behavior (TSB) PhD program. He is also an Associate Professor II at the University of Bergen Department of Information Science and Media Studies and is on sabbatical as a visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam IViR during the 2022-23 academic year.

Diakopoulos’ research is broadly oriented around topics related to Computational Journalism with active research projects on AI, automation, and algorithms in news production and distribution. He also pursues research in the area of AI, Ethics, & Society with projects related to algorithmic accountability, transparency, and impact. He is the author of the award-winning book “Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media” from Harvard University Press.

Date: 9 December 2022
Time: 16.00 – 17.30 CET (Amsterdam)
IViR Room, 5.24, REC A, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV Amsterdam.
– Online via Zoom (you will receive the Zoomlink via e-mail on the morning of the lecture).

See also the flyer.

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