Algorithmic processing of news content has destabilised old certainties of distribution, and made access and exposure to news less transparent. As citizens and consumers we rely on news for decisions we make for political knowledges and elections, and for everyday purchases. Therefore, to understand online news distribution there is an urgent need to develop literacies in relation to the idea of algorithmic accountability. To paraphrase Nick Couldry, our “technologies of connection and economies of attention are on a collision course”. In the project we are aiming to build the knowledge base of these transformations so that policy makers, citizens and consumers are better placed to make informed choices.
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