Dezember 2016

Algorithmic News in the 2016 US Election

"Algorithmic News in the 2016 US Election: Wie Algorithmen die US-Wahl beeinflusst haben können" ["Algorithmic News in the 2016 US Election: How Algorithms Might Have Influenced the US Election "], a joint event of the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius [ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius] and the Hans-Bredow-Institut within the Bucerius Lab Lunch Session #3 at Betahaus Hamburg with Nick Diakopoulos, Fellow at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, and Matthias Spielkamp, Bucerius Lab Fellow and Co-Founder of AlgorithmWatch, on 19 December 2016.

Infos zur Veranstaltung


Eifflerstraße 43, Hamburg, Betahaus Hamburg

How algorithms might have influenced the 2016 US election is the topic of the Bucerius Lab Lunch Session #3 at Betahaus Hamburg. Nick Diakopoulos, Fellow at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, analysed the representation of both candidates using the example of Google. He will discuss with Matthias Spielkamp, Bucerius Lab Fellow and Co-Founder of AlgorithmWatch, the role of big internet platforms and algorithms during the 2016 election campaign. Admission free, registration required.

Registration: www.zeit-stiftung.de/termine

Date: 19.12.2016, 12:15 Uhr

Venue: Betahaus Hamburg (Café), Eifflerstraße 43

Platforms like Google, Twitter and Facebook played a significant role during the current election campaign. At times, Donald Trump had more attention online than in traditional mass media. The underlying algorithms and newsbots are becoming increasingly important. But how do they act if journalists do not pay attention to them? How do they make decisions, how do they judge? Do they make politics after all? (How) Can their decisions made transparent? Do we have to control them?

The Lunch Sessions of the ZEIT foundation’s Bucerius Lab is part of a series of lectures and workshops where social challenges and the effects of digital transformation can be debated. The objective of the meetings at Betahaus Hamburg is to bring together experts of the community with external guests and experts to speak about these challenges from different perspectives and disciplines and to work together on solutions or ideas. The event is public and free of charge.

After enjoying some refreshments, you have the opportunity to talk to the panellists.

An event of the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius [ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius] together with the Hans-Bredow-Institut at Betahaus Hamburg. The event will be held in English.


12.15 pm    Lecture and Panel
13.00 pm    Refreshments and Debate


Nick Diakopoulos (University of Maryland)

Matthias Spielkamp (AlgorithmWatch)

Nick Diakopoulos

is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park College of Journalism with courtesy appointments in the College of Information Studies and Department of Computer Science and currently Fellow at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in Hamburg. His research is in computational and data journalism with an emphasis on algorithmic accountability, narrative data visualization, 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 information science, innovation, and journalism.

Matthias Spielkamp

is a journalist and editor of iRights.info (Grimme Online Award) and AlgorithmWatch. Since 2012, he is managing partner of Think Tanks iRights.Lab, which he has also co-founded. He was also a lecturer at different universities in Germany. He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag. He is currently a Bucerius-Fellow at the ZEIT-Stiftung; in 2015/16 he was a was a Fellow of Stiftung Mercator and guest researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG).

Contact person

Dr. Cornelius Puschmann
Senior Researcher Computational Social Science

Dr. Cornelius Puschmann

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 55
Fax +49 (0)40 45 02 17 77




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