[Corpora-List] 4-year PhD position in Computational Social Science at the NEWSREC project

Samia Touileb samia.touileb at gmail.com
Thu Nov 18 10:52:07 CET 2021


The Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen is advertising a 4 years PhD position to work on the project NEWSREC: The Double-edged Sword of News Recommenders’ Impact on Democracy funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years, of which 25% will be dedicated to teaching, supervision and administrative tasks at the Department.

The successful applicant will work with an international team of three renowned experts on news recommender systems research: Erik Knudsen (lead investigator, University of Bergen), Christoph Trattner (University of Bergen) and Damian Trilling (University of Amsterdam).

*About the NEWSREC project*

Because of the “black box” nature and poor transparency of algorithmic technology, the precise conditions under which news recommender systems are a threat to or an opportunity for democracy remain a puzzle. We lack knowledge on how to make informed choices about designing news recommender algorithms such that they do not end up narrowing people’s exposure to ideas and perspectives they disagree with.

The NEWSREC project addresses this puzzle by studying how news recommender systems can be designed to either increase or decrease people’s exposure to and sharing of news articles they disagree with politically.

The NEWSREC project has three main objectives:

- To develop a framework for understanding when and how news

recommenders can increase or decrease people’s exposure to and sharing of

news articles they disagree with politically, and delineate the ethical

considerations pertaining to designing recommenders to do so.

- To develop the first news recommender equipped with factors that

increase or decrease people’s exposure to and sharing of news articles they

disagree with politically.

- Use a randomized field experiment to test this news recommender system

to gain a precise understanding of when and how news recommender systems

increase or decrease people’s exposure to and sharing of news articles they

disagree with politically.

Read more about the position and how to apply here: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/214465/4-year-phd-position-in-computational-social-science-at-the-newsrec-project *---* *Samia Touileb* *Researcher*

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