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Who Controls the Public Sphere in an Era of Algorithms?

February 26, 2016

Data & Society
36 West 20th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY, 10011

On February 26, 2016, Data & Society held the Who Controls the Public Sphere in an Era of Algorithms? workshop to drill into the assumptions, values, and tensions at the core of growing concerns about the control and shaping of the public sphere in an era of algorithms.

The workshop was organized as part of Data & Society’s developing Algorithms and Publics project and was informed by – and produced – a set of documents for understanding what’s at stake (thanks to workshop participants for contributing to and strengthening this work):

We’ve also begun publishing additional pieces inspired by the workshop and its themes in Data & Society’s Points collection:

And research analyst Robyn Caplan pulled together some threads from this work in an op-ed on Facebook and journalism in NYT’s Room for Debate.


Who Controls the Public Sphere in an Era of Algorithms? was supported by Open Society Foundations and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Social network analysis image, above, courtesy of Vanessa Kitzie.