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Media Change & Innovation Division

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    Welcome, Michael and Tanja!

     

    Michael Reiss, M.Sc., joined the Media Change & Innovation Division at the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) as Research and Teaching Associate in September 2018. 

     

    Tanja Rüedy, B.A., joined the Media Change & Innovation Division at the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) as Student Assistant in October 2018.

     

    We are looking forward to working with them as new members of the IKMZ team!

  • Wie werden in Zukunft Wissen und Wahrheit konstruiert und abgebildet? Welche Rolle spielen menschliche und künstliche Intelligenz, individuelles und „maschinelles“ Lernen? Wie werden Informationen generiert, kuratiert und verbreitet?

     

    Prof. Dr. Michael Latzer spricht auf dem diesjährigen Forum Zukunft Bildung 2018 über die algorithmische Ko-Konstruktion von Wirklichkeiten.

     

    zukunftbildung.ch/forum-2018/

  • Open Positions @ MC&I

    21st June 18

     

    The Media Change & Innovation Division (Prof. Dr. Michael Latzer) at the IKMZ – Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich invites applications for:

     

     

    1 Postdoc

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    1 Doctoral researcher / PhD student

     

    in Internet, Algorithms and Society

     

    Read the full job descriptions here: http://mediachange.ch/open-positions/

    Contact: Dr. Moritz Büchi (m.buechi@ikmz.uzh.ch)

    Starting date: September 2018 or as agreed upon

     

    The University of Zurich strives for the equality of men and women in academic positions and therefore particularly invites applications of qualified female researchers.

  • The Media Change & Innovation Division of IKMZ has started a new research project that empirically investigates the significance of automated algorithmic selection applications for central domains of everyday life: political orientation, commercial transactions, socializing and recreation.

     

    • How extensively are algorithmic selection applications used in different domains of everyday lives?
    • What subjective importance do people attribute to algorithmic selection applications?
    • How aware are people of algorithms, and how do they react to identified risks?

     

    This project (Significance of Algorithmic Selection), chaired by Prof. Michael Latzer and supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), applies an innovative mixed-methods research design to answer these questions: It includes qualitative interviews and the combination of a representative Swiss online survey with the tracking (passive metering) of online activities both on desktop/laptop computers and mobile devices.

     

    The results of this first country-wide, representative empirical study will provide an empirical basis for public policies.

  • Kevin Witzenberger, M.Sc., joined the Media Change & Innovation Division at the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) as Research and Teaching Associate in February 2018. Welcome, Kevin!

     
  • Im Interview mit dem Magazin Gesunde Stadt (Frühling 2018) spricht Prof. Michael Latzer über die Digitale Dreifaltigkeit von Daten, Algorithmen und Plattformen sowie über Chancen und Risiken der Automatisierung im Gesundheitsbereich.



    «Vom Glauben an die Dreifaltigkeit der Daten», Interview mit Michael Latzer, Gesunde Stadt (Frühling 2018).

  • Julian Wallace, Research and Teaching Associate in the Media Change & Innovation Division, has successfully completed his doctorate with the dissertation entitled «Gatekeeping im Wandel: Akteure, Plattformen und Gatekeeping-Mechanismen in digitaler Nachrichtendiffusion». Congratulations!

    Since April, Julian Wallace is working as project manager in the program strategy division of Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF). We wish him all the best in his future career!

     
  • Der Einfluss von Algorithmen auf vielfältige Entscheidungen des täglichen Lebens steigt. Doch Algorithmen entscheiden auch zunehmend alleine, beispielsweise in der öffentlichen Verwaltung.
    Wie können die Vorteile algorithmischer Entscheidungen genutzt und gleichzeitig die sozialen Risiken – z. B. Diskriminierung, Manipulation oder der Verlust von Grundrechten – minimiert werden? Wie soll das Rechtssystem darauf reagieren?

    Die Abteilung Medienwandel und Innovation des IKMZ lädt zusammen mit dem Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law – ITSL (UZH) am 25. April zu einer spannenden Diskussionsrunde ein.

    «Computer says no!»
    Algorithmische Entscheidungen und deren Governance

    25. April 2018, 18:15 – 19:45 Uhr
    Universität Zürich, Hauptgebäude
    Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich
    Raum KOL-E-18

    Nach einer thematischen Einführung durch Prof. Dr. Michael Latzer (IKMZ – Abt. Medienwandel & Innovation, UZH) folgen Inputreferate zum aktuellen Diskussionsstand in der Europäischen Union und Deutschland durch Prof. Dr. Mario Martini (Lehrstuhl für Verwaltungswissenschaft, Staatsrecht, Verwaltungsrecht und Europarecht, Universität Speyer) sowie zur Situation in der Schweiz von Prof. Dr. Florent Thouvenin (Lehrstuhl für Informations- und Kommunikationsrecht, UZH).

    Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos. Eine Anmeldung ist nicht notwendig.

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  • Michael Latzer will participate at the expert workshop «The turn to artificial intelligence in governing communication online» at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Berlin.

    The workshop on March 20th focuses upon the technological advancements, the extent of Artificial intelligence (AI) deployment and the range of approaches to understanding the status and future impact of AI systems to govern social communication on the internet.

    The technology underlying AI research has increasingly found applications in the area of content moderation and communication governance on digital platforms. While the scale of problematic online content makes a stronger move reasonable, taking down content through automated means can be risky for online expression and access to information. Amid an obscure use of AI-systems, opaque implementation, vague definitions and a lack of accountability, governments and policy-makers are heavily pressuring companies to take action.

    To map challenges of this development, the workshop addresses three problem-oriented questions:

    • Who are the primary agents of the socio-technical change to AI in content moderation?
    • How is the turn to AI influenced (e.g. governance instruments)?
    • Why is the process of change accepted, or not?
  • Kiran Kappeler, B.A. joins the Media Change & Innovation Division at the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) as Student Research Assistant in January 2018.