Echo Chambers: Healing Our Social Media Algorithms

Mar 11, 2017 | 11:00am – 12:00pm CT
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Echo Chambers: Healing Our Social Media Algorithms


Claire Woodcock

We have a problem. We thought that the internet would open our minds, but instead we've created a machine that is closing them. Our online world is increasingly accessed through social media. For many it's now their primary news source – served algorithmically, only with the opinions and values we want to see. This is driving divides in society pushing opinions to their extremes: from the posturing of Trump, to Brexit, to Gamergate. It's time social media platforms took responsibility for their influence. Should we trust private companies with the shaping of society? How can we adjust feed algorithms for maximum impact? Is there ever a "good" way to manipulate sentiment?

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Solo
Event Type: Session
Track: Journalism