2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Algorithms, Journalism & Democracy

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Why do crazy stories that aren't true get so much traction, while really important actual facts sink into oblivion? Algorithms influence almost all the information you consume, from news stories, to social media updates, to movies, books, and television programs. Algorithms fuel the marketplace of ideas and ultimately grease the wheels of democracy. Algorithms can surface truths that improve our understanding of the world. And algorithms can perpetuate false information or distort the truth. In this session we will look at some surprising ways that algorithms make life better and some ways that algorithms distort our perception of reality. Understanding how algorithms control and manipulate your world is key to becoming truly literate in today's world.



Gilad Lotan

Chief Data Scientist


Gilad is the Chief Scientist at betaworks. Previously, he was VP of R&D at SocialFlow. Before that, Gilad built social data visualizations at Microsoft’s FUSE labs.


Kelly McBride

Sr Faculty

The Poynter Institute

Kelly McBride is a writer, journalist and consultant. She's spent the last decade at The Poynter Institute examining how journalism is morphing from a profession for a few into the calling of many.

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