1. Society of the Query #2 - Engin Bozdag: Does Culture Affect Information Diversity?

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    Society of the Query #2 Session 6: The Filter Bubble Show Engin Bozdag (NL): Does Culture Affect Information Diversity? An Empirical Study of Information Diversity for Dutch and Turkish Twitter Users Conference Day 2 (8 November 2013) Some authors argue that social media can cause citizens to be ill informed about current events and may lead citizens to have increasingly idiosyncratic perceptions about the importance of current events and political issues. This might occur because online services can implicitly filter information in order improve accuracy at the expense of serendipity. Users can also themselves explicitly personalize their incoming feed and political groupings and fragmentation may occur where users follow only like minded users. This might lead to so-called ‘echo chambers’ or ‘filter bubbles’ in which users get to see only opinions that they agree with, and information from the sources they ‘liked’ before. Excessive personalization may lead to never seeing the other side of an argument and thus fostering an ill informed political discourse. Implicit personalization may lead to an automatic cyberbalkanization, an unhealthy distaste for the unfamiliar. While these dangers are highlighted by several authors, few empirical studies exist that actually studies opinion diversity in social networks. In this talk, Engin Bozdag first provides two different norms to evaluate information diversity: reflection and openness. Later, he discusses the results of his recent empirical study to see whether filter bubble occurs in Twitter, for Dutch and Turkish users.

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