Digital Intermediaries in the UK: The new power brokers?

In this podcast, from a workshop entitled What Kind of Society is the Cyber-Society?, Dr Damian Tambini introduces a new stream of research that assesses the influence of social media giants such as Facebook and Google on the political process and the flow of information to citizens through social ‘newsfeeds’.

He argues that Facebook initiatives such as the recent ‘Have you voted?’ button could have a bearing on, or be manipulated to unfairly influence voter turnout, and that algorithmic selection of ‘relevant’ or targeted content in users newsfeeds can distort the unfiltered access to information provided by traditional news agencies.