Technology is a double edged sword: its implementation and usage determines outcomes, be it good, bad and ugly. That being said, the rise of the analytic algorithms to select news content for an individual is an innovation that can shape perspectives & outcomes.

How is the effect of steering analytics, which selects news-content for readers on a per user basis, measured on a national basis in the United States? or any large nation state?

  • Key words for you: "echo chambers" and "filter bubbles". But the effect of steering is going to be hard to separate from that of sharing... unless google or facebook publishes a study on this, which I doubt they will. – Fizz Aug 18 '18 at 20:43
  • What I can tell you is that slightly more than half of users interviewed in a study were unaware that Facebook uses steering, i.e. they thought sharing was all that mattered. theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/22/… – Fizz Aug 18 '18 at 20:51
  • Some have called for regulation of such (and other) algorithms (of public interest): papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2747994 – Fizz Aug 18 '18 at 21:00

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