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Algorithmic Amplification and Society

I must say, I’ve been enjoying the output from Arvind Narayanan’s algorithmic amplification project at Columbia University:

Most online speech today is hosted on algorithmic platforms that are designed to optimize for engagement. But algorithms are not neutral. They amplify some speech and suppress others. Some effects are positive, such as the decreased power of gatekeepers in identifying new talent. Others exert a pervasive distorting effect on everything, whether the production and dissemination of science or the tourism industry.

Under the direction of the Knight Institute’s 2022-2023 Visiting Research Scientist Arvind Narayanan, the Institute will examine how algorithmic amplification and distortion shape specific domains, markets, or facets of society, and explore ways to modify algorithms or design in order to minimize harmful amplifying or distorting effects.

Still sitting on the social media sidelines, just admiring the constant conflagration. Glad someone’s digging in to what’s happening with a modicum of scientific rigor though.

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