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News diversity in the media has for a long time been a foundational and uncontested basis for
ensuring that the communicative needs of individuals and society at large are met. Today, people
increasingly rely on online content and recommender systems to consume information challenging
the traditional concept of news diversity. In addition, the very concept of diversity, which differs
between disciplines, will need to be re-evaluated requiring an interdisciplinary investigation, which
requires a new level of mutual cooperation between computer scientists, social scientists, and
legal scholars. Based on the outcome of a interdisciplinary workshop, we have the following
recommendations, directed at researchers, funders, legislators, regulators, and the media industry:
- Conduct interdisciplinary research on news recommenders and diversity.
- Create a safe harbor for academic research with industry data.
- Strengthen the role of public values in news recommenders.
- Create a meaningful governance framework for news recommenders.
- Fund a joint lab to spearhead the needed interdisciplinary research, boost practical innovation, develop reference solutions, and transfer insights into practice.