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The ethics of big data, Facebook & Cambridge Analytica

Facebook is under fire after the social media giant admitted it didn’t prevent data from as many as 50 million users getting to political data firm Cambridge Analytica, which it used to develop precise targeting to help Donald J. Trump win the U.S. presidency. Linh Nguyen from WikiTribune spoke to experts to better understand how…

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Power and counter-power in the digital society

How is power constituted in the digital society? Who is powerful – and how can power be countered and contested? On 12 December 2017, Manuel Castells held the opening lecture of our lecture series ‘Making Sense of Digital Society’, organised in cooperation with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). Prior to his lecture…

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Understanding Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is a controversial and much-discussed topic of our digital future. Aljoscha Burchardt sees a huge gap between the machines of today, which are able to act intelligently, and the quest for actually being intelligent in a truly human sense. Together with Julia Ebert, he discussed the perspectives and challenges in the field. Julia Ebert: The definition…

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No, YouTube’s “trolls” won’t destroy Wikipedia

YouTube’s decision to embed Wikipedia articles under controversial videos caused a huge uproar. Commentators and scholars chastised YouTube for being lazy, for outsourcing their responsibility, or for “crushing” the online encyclopedia. Especially the last allegation however ignores one important aspect: the audience.   Amidst allegations that YouTube would radicalise people and push towards more extreme content…

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