News on Algorithms and Automation

When CNN announced the results for the first round of Peru’s presidential election on Sunday, April 11, the image they used was striking — or rather, the one they didn’t use. Their chosen image of the candidate who came in clear first, Pedro Castillo of the Perú Libre Party, was a stock cutout of a dark […]

A revealing look at how user behavior is powering deep social divisions online–and how we might yet defeat political tribalism on social media In an era of increasing social isolation, platforms like Facebook and Twitter are among the most important tools we have to understand each other. We use social media as a mirror to […]

Any day now the Facebook Oversight Board, the social media company’s review mechanism for decisions on deletion of content and users, will tell the world whether Donald Trump should remain banned from Facebook indefinitely. Before that, Facebook also announced the expansion of the Oversight Board’s remit: initially users could only appeal to have content restored […]

Reimagine the Internet is a virtual conference co-hosted by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the soon-to-be-launched Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In six sessions over five days, there will be more than a dozen speakers whose work hints at what the internet could become over […]

The conference of Politics and Computational Social Science (PaCSS) will take place virtually during the week of August 19-13, 2021. Panels will take place between 11 am-3 pm ET. We invite submissions from all fields and industries. Please email politics.css@gmail.com with any questions. **Submissions are due by Friday, May 21** For the full call, see: […]

The Communications Manager at the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) serves as the lead for all external and internal communications efforts of the center. This will include developing CITP’s content strategy and managing the center’s website, Freedom to Tinker blog, and social media presence. The position requires coordination and collaboration with researchers at the […]

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Journalism today is facing two overlapping challenges: one is technological and the other one is political. The technological change is pushing the boundaries about how we disclose and propagate news. Social media has shortened the time spans of information. Facebook, Google and Twitter allow us to publish stories and promote them globally, reaching increasing audiences […]

This six-episode podcast series explores the interplay between freedom of expression, hate speech and artificial intelligence (AI). While covering these topics broadly, this series also take a deeper look discussing new field developments such as the #SAIFE project, Jillian York’s latest book “Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism,” Sahana Udupa’s AI4Dignity […]

Event Listing Header Prof. Kate Crawford is a leading scholar who has spent the last decade studying the social and political implications of artificial intelligence. She holds the inaugural chair of AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, is a senior principal researcher at MSR, and an Honorary Professor at the University […]

If the speed that the world is changing makes you want to crawl into a cave, if you fret over the impact of technology, the fracturing of democratic institutions, the future of humanity, then Kevin Roose and Ethan Zuckerman have ideas you want to hear. Roose, technology columnist for the New York Times, has a […]

In addition to testing American democracy, November’s election and the subsequent storming of the U.S. Capitol put social media to the test. Facebook and its rivals have spent years creating technology to combat the spread of disinformation, violent rhetoric, and hate speech. By some measure, the systems did better than ever in filtering out hundreds of millions of inflammatory posts. But ultimately the technology […]

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