What we do

As the debate surrounding disinformation and accountability intensifies, algorithm-driven media services are being brought to the forefront of discussion. On behalf of the European Commission, we are using state-of-the-art knowledge and data to identify the potential dangers of algorithm-driven media services and how to mitigate their impacts. The research will explore the play between the biases in algorithms and our own cognitive biases.

Through collecting evidence from a wide range of sources, including existing literature, key informant interviews, online focus groups, data analysis and workshops of the types of algorithms that are used on media platforms and the real-life consequences these can have. The results of our study will help inform EU media policy in their steps to address the emerging challenges of algorithms.

RAND Europe

RAND Europe is a not-for-profit research organisation that helps to improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. As part of the RAND Corporation, we were founded in 1992 in Europe to provide quality research and rigorous, fact-based analysis to serve policy needs in governments, EU institutions, charities, foundations, universities and the private sector, where impartial research is required.

Our work combines deep subject knowledge with proven methodological expertise across many policy areas — health, science, innovation, defence and security, transport, criminal justice, employment and social policy, and education.

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Open Evidence

Open Evidence is a research and consulting firm working on social and behavioural sciences, ICTs and data science to facilitate informed decision-making in a wide variety of areas. Born within the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the Open Evidence team is formed by professors, researchers and consultants with more than 20 years of experience in applied research and consultancy.

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The study coincides with the publication of the Final report of the High Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation on 12 March 2018, as well as the Code of Practice on Disinformation published on July 2018 and the setting up of a European network of fact-checkers by the European Commission.