Modern digital news and media platforms deploy automated decision-making systems intensively, with positive as well as sometimes problematic results.

Search engines, personalised newsfeeds, content moderation systems and programmatic advertising all now 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 through the automated curation of personalised information and the algorithmic amplification of mis- and disinformation based on selection principles that are intransparent and inequitable.

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