Algorithms, Automation, and News:

An International Conference, Munich, 22-23 May 2018


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.

Steve Schifferes

Steve Schifferes is Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism at City, University of London.  He was the Principal Investigator on the EU’s Social Sensor project, a collaborative effort with 10 European institutions to create tools to find and verify news on social media.  His work on the role of digital media has included analysis of the role of social media in both political and financial communications, the digital transformation of news in historical perspective, and the changing nature of news websites.  He has been a  keynote speaker at the Social News on the Web workshop at WWW2016 in Montreal and  fellow of both the Oxford Internet Institute and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. He was founder member and then editor of the business section of the BBC News website, and spent a year developing and designing new ways of displaying news online.

Balázs Bodó

Balázs Bodó is a socio-legal researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR),University of Amsterdam. His work explores the intersection of Internet technologies; social practices around online content creation, distribution and consumption, and the formal (legal) and informal (ethical, communal) regulation of these practices. In his research, he explores the role that emerging social practices of media production, distribution and consumption play in the wider
cultural ecosystem. Balázs combines qualitative methods, such as historical and sociological analysis, survey research and interviews with the programmatic collection and statistical analysis of large datasets, such as the observation and analysis of the transactions in hidden file-sharing networks. Working in interdisciplinary project for most of his professional career, Balázs has considerable experience in designing and executing highly complex, interdisciplinary research projects.

Matt Carlson

Matt Carlson is associate professor of communication at Saint Louis University. He is author of Journalistic Authority: Legitimating News in the Digital Era (Columbia University Press) and On the Condition of Anonymity: Unnamed Sources and the Battle for Journalism (University of Illinois Press), and co-editor of Boundaries of Journalism and Journalists, Sources, and Credibility, both published by Routledge. In addition, he is the author of over forty journal articles and book chapters. His research examines the discursive struggles through which journalism comes to be defined and legitimated as a cultural practice in the digital news environment.

Raul Ferrer-Conill

Raul Ferrer-Conill is a doctoral candidate in the department of Geography, Media Communication at Karlstad University. He has published his work in Journalism Studies Television and New Media, and Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), among others. His current research interests cover digital journalism, processes of datafication, and gamification.

Bronwyn Jones

Dr Bronwyn Jones is a Broadcast Journalist at BBC News Online and an independent researcher whose PhD analysed the development of social media use in news production at global news agencies. She is interested in the mutual shaping of technology and society and the role of new digital and networked communication
technologies in journalism.

Jessica Kunert

Jessica Kunert is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research at LMU Munich.  Her research focuses on the impact of algorithms on news production and distribution. Her other work concerns the relationship between journalists, citizens, and politics, and she also studies communication patterns in professional and amateur sports. She is on Twitter: @jessicakunert.

Seth Lewis

Seth C. Lewis, Ph.D., is the Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, and an affiliated fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. A two-time winner of the Outstanding Article in Journalism Studies Award, Lewis examines journalism and its digital transformation, with a focus on journalist–audience relationships, human–machine communication, and sociotechnical developments such as big data, algorithms, automation, and artificial intelligence. He has published some 50 journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited the book Boundaries of Journalism: Professionalism, Practices, and Participation (Routledge, 2015). He is on Twitter: @sethclewis

Carl-Gustav Lindén

Dr. Carl-Gustav Lindén is a media and journalism researcher at the Swedish school of social science, University of Helsinki. During recent years, he has mostly focused his research on news automation as well as new business models for news media. This research is based on fieldwork conducted in the EU and the United States.

Stuart Myles

Stuart Myles is the Director of Information Management at The Associated Press. He directs metadata strategy throughout AP's global news operations.  He uses XML and JSON to structure and model the news that AP creates and distributes. Recent projects include designing AP's Machine Learning content classification services and architecting a Digital News Archive for over 200 million items dating back to 1985. He is AP's delegate to the IPTC, where he has co-authored standards for the news industry, including rNews for embedding publishing metadata into HTML and RightsML for representing permissions and restrictions for news content.

Aljosha Karim Schapals

Dr Aljosha Karim Schapals is a Research Associate at the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, working on the ARC-funded research project “Journalism beyond the crisis”.
Previously, he worked as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Journalism at City University London as well as a Research Assistant at the Information Law & Policy Centre, University of London. His research interests lie in the changes taking place in news production and consumption as a result of the internet, with a particular focus on citizen journalism, politics and social media. Additionally, he has experience as a practicing journalist working for the Financial Times as well as the German government organisation Federal Agency for Civic Education (‘Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung’).

Jonathan Stray

Jonathan Stray is a computational journalist at Columbia university, where he teaches the dual masters degree in computer science and journalism and leads the development of Workbench, an integrated tool for data journalism. He’s contributed to The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Foreign Policy and ProPublica. He was formerly the Interactive Technology Editor at the Associated Press, a freelance reporter in Hong Kong, and a graphics algorithm designer for Adobe Systems.

Bertram Weiß

Bertram Weiß, M. A., studied journalism, communication research and biology at the University of Hamburg. He is staff editor and writer at the German popular science magazine GEO and received different prizes, i. e. the most important German prize for science journalism.

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.

Jay Alabaster

Jay Alabaster

Jay Alabaster is a PhD student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. He was previously a software developer and foreign correspondent at the Associated Press and Dow Jones in Tokyo. His research focuses on the intersection of technology and journalism, as well as cultural differences in international news coverage.

David Caswell

David Caswell is the principal investigator of the Structured Stories project, a prototyped database of structured news events and narratives. From 2015 to 2016 he was a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, and was previously the product leader for Yahoo!’s Knowledge Graph and Content Analysis Platform. He was also a founder of GeoPerception Inc., and a software architect and developer of data systems at Thales. Caswell holds undergraduate degrees in Humanities and in Mathematics, and an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles.

Heather Ford

Dr Heather Ford (DPhil 2015, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University) is the University of Leeds Academic Fellow in Digital Methods. With a background in Internet rights activism, she has worked for a number of non-profit technology organisations including the Association for Progressive Communications, Creative Commons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, iCommons, Privacy International and Ushahidi as an activist, researcher and project manager. Her research centres broadly on digital politics, charting how the Internet and digital platforms catalyse new forms of authority, power and politics. Dr Ford is a founding editor of and has published in a variety of publications including Big Data and Society, the International Journal of Communications, Social Studies of Science and a number of Advanced Computer Machinery (ACM) journals. 

David J. Gunkel

David J. Gunkel is an award-winning educator and scholar, specializing in communication technology and ethics. He is the author of over 50 scholarly articles and has published seven books, including Thinking Otherwise: Philosophy, Communication, Technology (Purdue University Press, 2007), The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics (MIT Press, 2012), and Of Remixology: Ethics and Aesthetics After Remix (MIT Press, 2016). He currently holds the position of Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University (USA) and is the founding co-editor of the International Journal of Žižek Studies.

Rhianne Jones

Dr Rhianne Jones is an Honorary Research Associate of the University of Salford and a Research Scientist in BBC Research and Development. Her academic specialism is the design and use of emerging digital media technologies. Rhianne’s research at the BBC is used to inform ongoing research and development into new production tools and audience facing technologies and formats.

Marko Milosavljević

Marko Milosavljević is Associate Professor at the Chair of Journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. He is a member of the Core Experts Group (EENCA) for Media and Culture, advising European Commission. He is regular partner of different international institutions including European University Institute (Center for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom), Open Society Institute London, and South East European Network for Professionalization of Media. He has recently published articles in International Journal of Digital Television, Javnost–The Public, Media Studies, and chapters in monographs by Routledge, Baden-Baden Nomos and Intellect.

Burkhard Schafer

Burkhard Schafer is Professor for Computational legal theory at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh. With a background in logic, theory of science, computer linguistics and law, his research over the past 20 years centred on the possibility to represent legal rules in software code, legal expert system design and the regulation of technology in the justice system. He is member of the Data Ethics Group of the Alan Turing Institute, and has acted as advisor on data ethics and regulation for the British and German government, the European Commission and several industry organisations.

Haeyeop Song

Haeyeop Song, PhD, KAIST, is a researcher of News Trust project in Korea Press Foundation. He is analyzing Information Communication Technology users’ attitudes and behaviors with diverse methodological approaches

Neil Thurman

Neil Thurman is Professor of Communication with an emphasis on Computational Journalism in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, LMU Munich. He holds a Freigeist Fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung) for a project on 'Algorithmic News'. Neil's research focuses on the changes taking place in news production and consumption as a result of the internet. It has been covered by media outlets including The Wall Street JournalThe Guardian, and Le Figaro; and been honoured by the International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin, Texas, where he won 'best paper' over four consecutive years. He is on Twitter: @neilthurman

Jakob Vicari

Dr. Jakob Vicari studied journalism, communication research and biology at the LMU Munich. He is “German Science Journalist of the Year 2015” and fellow of the “Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes” and the Media Innovation Centre Babelsberg.

Hanna Zoon

Hanna Zoon is an interaction designer, researcher and lecturer at the ICT & Media department and the Future Media Lab of Fontys University of Applied Science, working on the Automated Newsroom research project with Dutch News conglomerate the Persgroep. She studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven, ran her own design studio and completed the TU/e Master Industrial Design with a cum laude graduation project on user research for small IT companies at Dutch research institution TNO.