Algorithms, Automation, and News:

An International Conference, Munich, 22-23 May 2018

Speakers

Confirmed Speakers

Natali Helberger

Natali Helberger

Natali Helberger is Professor of Information Law, with a special focus on the use of information, at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam. Her research explores how the role of the user of information is changing under the influence of information technology, and social and economic conditions, and examines the implications for information law and policy. Helberger’s research features a strong interdisciplinary component: in order to assess whether and how information law ties in with the reality of information users and information markets, she regularly works with communication scientists, social scientists, psychologists as well as cultural scientists and economists. For her research, she has been awarded a VENI-Talent Grant from the Dutch Organisation for her research into media pluralism, and an ERC Grant for her research “Profiling and targeting news readers – implications for the democratic role of the digital media, user rights and public information policy”. She is co-founder of the Research Priority Area ‘Personalised Communication’, a cooperation between IVIR and the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR), funded by the University of Amsterdam.

As a member of the Connect Advisory Group, she advises the European Commission on the content of the Horizon2020 programme. Helberger is also a member of the European Cloud Computing Contracts Expert Group. In addition, she is member of the Scientific Committee of the Florence School of Regulation, EUI, an editorial staff member of the Journal of Information Policy and a reviewer for several leading international journals, conferences and financing organisations.

C.W. Anderson

C.W. Anderson

C. W. Anderson is an Associate Professor at the College of Staten Island (CUNY) and, as of September 2017, a Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age (Temple University Press) and the forthcoming Journalism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press) (with Len Downie and Michael Schudson). He has edited the forthcoming SAGE Handbook of Digital Journalism (with Tamara Witschge, David Domingo, and Alfred Hermida) and Remaking the News (with Pablo Boczkowski) (MIT Press). He is currently at work on a historical and ethnographic manuscript tentatively titled Journalistic Cultures of Truth: Data in the Digital Age (Oxford), which examines the relationship between material evidence, computational processes, and notions of “context” from 1910 until the present.

Nicholas Diakopoulos

Nicholas Diakopoulos

Nicholas Diakopoulos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park Philip Merrill College of Journalism, with courtesy appointments in the College of Information Studies and Department of Computer Science. He is Director of the Computational Journalism Lab at UMD, a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at UMD, a Tow Fellow at Columbia University School of Journalism, and Associate Professor II at the University of Bergen Department of Information Science and Media Studies.

His research is in computational and data journalism, with emphases on algorithmic accountability and social computing in the news. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, where he co-founded the program in Computational Journalism. Before UMD he worked as a researcher at Columbia University, Rutgers University, and CUNY, studying the intersections of computing, information science, and journalism.