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The Public Sphere in the Age of the Algorithm (Cambridge Science Festival)

When Mar 14, 2019
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Mill Lane Lecture Rooms
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Speaker: Dr Jennifer Cobbe (Trust & Technology Initiative; Computer Laboratory)

In recent years the internet has become a key battleground for electoral politics. This talk will examine how surveillance capitalism and the increasingly algorithmic nature of online public space allows the public sphere and the democratic process to be manipulated by microtargeted political advertising, disinformation, and political bots.

This lecture is part of the 2019 Cambridge Science Festival.

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