Watching the watchers: Epstein and Robertson’s „Search Engine Manipulation Effect“

1. Watching the watchers: Epstein and Robertson’s „Search Engine Manipulation Effect“ In July, 2015, Epstein and Robertson published a widely acknowledged study on how much a biased search engine result ranking can shift undecided voters towards one candidate [1]. In...

/ April 7th, 2017

The ethical abyss of big data research

“If a dataset can be downloaded from the web, regardless of whether it originated from a breach or other illegal activity, it is considered to be in the public domain and falls under the IRB exemption for public domain datasets.”...

/ June 19th, 2016

Algorithms make no value judgements – except the ones designed by humans

“Judgments, when being made by humans, can never be considered value-neutral.” Says Danny Yadron, technology reporter for Guardian US in his article Facebook controversy shows journalists are more complicated than algorithms. True enough. The problem with his article: The underlying assumption that in contrast...

/ May 13th, 2016