The News and Media Focus Area will investigate and improve the uses and impacts of automated decision-making in news work, social media platforms, and the digital media and communication environment more broadly.

Modern digital news and media platforms deploy automated decision-making systems intensively, with positive as well as problematic results. Search engines, personalised newsfeeds, content moderation systems and programmatic advertising all play integral roles in media.

This enables new forms of computer-assisted reporting and audience analytics in journalism, but also creates risks to democratic processes and social cohesion through the automated curation of personalised information and the algorithmic amplification of misinformation and other social harms based on selection principles that are transparent and inequitable.

Building on novel and innovative research frameworks, the News and Media Focus Area investigates the impact of automated decision-making in this field.