- Beyond the filter bubble: Concepts, myths, evidence and issues for future debates
- Number of pages
- Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
Institute for Information Law (IViR)
In recent years, we have been witnessing a fundamental shift in the form how news and current affairs are disseminated and mediated. Due to the exponential increase in available content online and technological development in the field of recommendation systems, more and more citizens are informing themselves through customized and curated sources, while turning away from mass-mediated information sources like TV news and newspapers. Algorithmic recommendation systems provide news users with tools to navigate the information overload and identify important and relevant information. They do so by performing a task that was once a key part of the journalistic profession: keeping the gates. In a way, news recommendation algorithm can create highly individualized gates, through which only information and news fit that serves the user best. In theory, this is a great achievement that can make news exposure more efficient and interesting. In practice, there are many pitfalls when the power to select what we hear from the news shifts from professional editorial boards that select the news according to professional standards to opaque algorithms who are reigned by their own logic, the logic of advertisers or consumes personal preferences.
- Accepted author manuscript
Final publisher version
- Dit document is een bijlage bij: Kamerbrief over onderzoek naar de toekomst van onafhankelijke journalistiek in Nederland van Minister Slob (Basis- en Voortgezet Onderwijs en Media). Kamerstuk: Kamerbrief | 22-06-2018
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