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Could Counterfactuals Explain Algorithmic Decisions Without Opening the Black Box?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has sparked much discussion about the “right to explanation” for the algorithm-supported decisions made about us in...

Censorship or rumour management? How Weibo constructs “truth” around crisis events

As social media become increasingly important as a source of news and information for citizens, there is a growing concern over the impacts of...

Digital platforms are governing systems — so it’s time we examined them in more...

Digital platforms are not just software-based media, they are governing systems that control, interact, and accumulate. As surfaces on which social action takes place,...

Open government policies are spreading across Europe — but what are the expected benefits?

Open government policies are spreading across Europe, challenging previous models of the public sector, and defining new forms of relationship between government, citizens, and...

How policy makers can extract meaningful public opinion data from social media to inform...

The role of social media in fostering the transparency of governments and strengthening the interaction between citizens and public administrations has been widely studied....

What are the barriers to big data analytics in local government?

The concept of Big Data has become very popular over the last decade, with many large technology companies successfully building their business models around...

Stormzy 1: The Sun 0 — Three Reasons Why #GE2017 Was the Real Social...

After its initial appearance as a cynical but safe device by Teresa May to ratchet up the Conservative majority, the UK general election of...

Latest Report by UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Freedom of Expression is...

“The digital access industry is in the business of digital expression (…). Since privately owned networks are indispensable to the contemporary exercise of freedom...

We aren’t “rational actors” when it come to privacy — and we need protecting

As digital technologies and platforms are increasingly incorporated into our lives, we are exposed to new practices of data creation and collection -- and...

Internet Filtering: And Why It Doesn’t Really Help Protect Teens

Young British teens (between 12-15 years) spend nearly 19 hours a week online, raising concerns for parents, educators, and politicians about the possible negative...