Do you enjoy:
- Engaging in cutting-edge research as part of an interdisciplinary consortium on pressing information law questions;
- To participate in a consortium of internationally renowned scholars, and join a nationwide peer network, with many opportunities to engage and develop your career;
- Being part of a state-of-the-art prestigious programme, innovative in focus and approach, which aspires to have impact in academia as well as society;
- Benefit from a well-funded future-oriented training and development programme, including personal-professional development?
Then the job of PhD researcher for the project on the Emerging Regulatory Framework for Algorithmic Decision Systems in the Media at the University of Amsterdam is perfect for you.What does this job entail?
Europe is a space of ambitious regulatory experimentation to discipline the power of large social media companies and create the conditions for fair competition and diverse media markets. Regulations such as the Digital Services Act, the Digital Markets Act or the Data Act must together ensure that the key technologies that power the algorithmic society, such as automated content moderation and recommendation algorithms, will respect fundamental rights and public values. Now is a unique moment in time to study how the emerging regulatory framework will organise a complex web of societal stakeholders and hold powerful technology players to account for the societal risks their technologies create. The overall goal of this project is to study the role that the new regulatory framework has in realising public values and influencing the power dynamics in the overall media ecology.
This project is part of the Gravitation program
Public Values in the Algorithmic Society (algosoc). The Gravitation program is an initiative by the Dutch government to support excellent research in the Netherlands. The funding is reserved for scientific consortia that have the potential to rank among the world's best in their field. Algosoc is a response to the urgent need for an informed societal perspective on automated decision-making. Funded by the ministry for Education, Culture and Science for a period for 10 years, research in the algosoc program will develop a deep understanding of the systemic changes that automated decision making entails for core public institutions, for society, and for how public values are realized. The research will focus on three sectors: justice, health and media. The program brings together researchers in law, communication science, computer science, media studies, philosophy, public governance, STS, economy and social sciences from five Dutch universities (Amsterdam, Utrecht, Tilburg, Delft and Rotterdam). Together, the algosoc community will develop solutions for the design of governance frameworks needed to complement technology-driven initiatives in the algorithmic society.