Explanations of news personalisation across countries and media types

Bastian, Mariella; Makhortykh, Mykola; Harambam, Jaron; van Drunen, Max (2020). Explanations of news personalisation across countries and media types. Internet policy review, 9(4), pp. 1-34. Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society 10.14763/2020.4.1504

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News outlets worldwide increasingly adopt user- and system-driven personalisation to individualise their news delivery. Yet, the technical implementation of news personalisation systems, in particular the one relying on algorithmic news recommenders (ANRs) and tailoring individual news suggestions with the help of user data, often remains opaque. In our article, we examine how news personalisation is used by quality and popular media in three countries with different media accountability infrastructures - Brazil, the Netherlands, and Russia - and investigate how information about personalisation usage is communicated to the news readers via privacy policies. Our findings point out that news personalisation systems are predominantly treated as black boxes that indicate a significant gap between practice and theory of algorithmic transparency, in particular in the non-EU context.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Mass Communication Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Makhortykh, Mykola

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 070 News media, journalism & publishing
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

2197-6775

Publisher:

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Language:

English

Submitter:

Mykola Makhortykh

Date Deposited:

02 Nov 2020 08:31

Last Modified:

02 Nov 2020 08:31

Publisher DOI:

10.14763/2020.4.1504

Uncontrolled Keywords:

news personalization, transparency, privacy policy, media, press, digital news

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.147093

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/147093

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