About the Workshop

Algorithms play a crucial role in how citizens around the world inform themselves about current affairs. According to the 2017 Reuters Digital News Report, an increasing number of users globally rely on personalization algorithms to receive news both directly on news websites, as well as indirectly via their algorithmic social media feeds, search engines, and news aggregators. In tandem with this development, there are growing concerns about the impact of algorithmic personalization on society in areas such as public opinion formation and viewpoint diversity on controversial issues. This workshop aims to broaden the debate on algorithms and news to discuss both risks and opportunities of personalization for news consumption and to develop suitable methods for auditing algorithmic personalization and its impact on users’ news consumption behavior. It also aims to foster a dialogue between the stakeholders involved by bringing together researchers from computer science, media studies, journalism and communication sciences, as well as industry practitioners from both mainstream media and startups.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: April 30th, 2018   May 7th, 2018 (23:59, anywhere on earth)
Author notification: May 14th, 2018
Workshop day: June 25th, 2018



Juhi Kulshrestha

Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS)



Cornelius Puschmann

Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, University of Hamburg



Nicholas Diakopoulos

School of Communication, Northwestern University



Aniko Hannak

Center for Network Science, Central European University