Algorithms in Politics will take a look at how automation of propaganda in the political sphere happens and what measures and practices we can put in place to prevent some of the issues that arise as we push society towards higher divisiveness.
This session will take a critical, deep-dive into what this means and will explore this through the following reading material with an objective to produce a short article summarizing the views from our discussions.
Readings: [Mandatory for this session - this session there won't be as much time as previous sessions (see agenda) to discuss the readings so make sure to do this before arriving]
1) Algorithms, bots, and political communication in the US 2016 election http://comprop.oii.ox.ac.uk/research/academic-articles/algorithms-bots-and-political-communication-in-the-us-2016-election/
2) Weapons of Mass Persuasion https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kbzmvm/weapons-of-mass-persuasion
1) Engineering the pubic: big data, surveillance and computational politics http://firstmonday.org/article/view/4901/4097
NOTE : Please join Slack via http://bit.ly/ai-ethics-signup as we will be actively discussing things there leading up to the session.
Format : [Session will start sharp 6:30 pm]
6:35-6:40 Break out into groups
6:40-7:00 Group discussion
7:00-7:55 Group presentations and debate [3 min. presentation + 4 min cross-questioning by group]
7:55-8:00 Session wrap-up