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Media Change & Innovation Division

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CH-8050 Zurich
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  • People who use search engines or express their opinions on Facebook and WhatsApp leave behind many digital traces. Internet users believe that these traces are used for surveillance purposes. According to the UZH study, 43 percent of the 1,122 people surveyed believe that online surveillance is detrimental to society. In addition, a large proportion of Swiss Internet users (45 percent) is concerned that companies like Facebook are violating their privacy online. One consequence of this is that Internet users restrict themselves online: more than half state that the possible surveillance dissuades them from searching for information freely (59 percent) – e.g., researching sensitive political content – or from expressing opinions, interests or feelings (56 percent). "Chilling effects due to perceived surveillance are alarming from a democratic political point of view," emphasizes Michael Latzer, Professor of Media Change & Innovation at the University of Zurich. "They threaten the exercise of fundamental rights and social participation via the Internet."


     

    The survey shows that in 2019, more people are online than 2017. 92 percent of the Swiss population use the Internet today, it is almost 100 percent of the under 50 year-olds. 80 percent of the total population also use mobile Internet. The average usage time has doubled since 2011 and now amounts to 25 hours per week. However, 40 percent of offliners benefit indirectly from the Internet by having others do research or tasks for them. The number of non-users has been more than halved in the last eight years. The absolute number of non-users (excluding proxy users) in Switzerland is thus around 340,000. On average, the self-evaluation of Internet users in Switzerland regarding their Internet skills has been relatively stable since 2011. Women rate their Internet usage skills as poorer compared to men.

     

    Special Reports 2019 (Themenberichte)

     

     

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    About the Project

     

    The Media Change & Innovation Division is the Swiss country partner of the World Internet Project (WIP).  This  international, collaborative project is looking at the social, political and economic impact of the Internet and other new technologies. The project started in 1999 and is chaired by Prof. Jeff Cole from the Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles. The consortium includes more than 25 partners in countries and regions all over the world. The WIP conducts detailed, international comparative longitudinal studies on the use and impact of the Internet, publishes national and international reports and holds annual conferences. The representative Swiss WIP-CH 2019 survey (computer-assisted telephone interviews) was supported by the Federal Office of Communications.

  • Starting in the fall semester 2019, Moritz Büchi will hold a one-year Fellowship from the Digital Society Initiative, University of Zurich. The supported project addresses the question of what the effects of new ICTs on users’ well-being are and will focus in particular on the theoretical foundations of digital well-being research.

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    Wie problematisch sind Algorithmen? Reduzieren sie die Vielfalt im Netz? Medienforscher Michael Latzer vom IKMZ untersucht ihre Wirkungsweisen und informiert im Interview über aktuelle Erkenntnisse. Er hält fest: «Online-Echokammern sind keine Gefängnisse: Wir betreten sie freiwillig.» Das vollständige Interview mit dem UZH Magazin kann hier eingesehen werden.

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    Am Donnerstag, 6. Juni 2019 veranstaltet die Schweizerische Akademie der technischen Wissenschaften einen öffentlichen Workshop zum Thema "Künstliche Intelligenz in unserem Alltag". Interessierte Bürger und Bürgerinnen können sich über anmelden und auf der Veranstaltung aktiv mitdiskutieren. Tanja Rüedy und Michael Reiss sind mit Input zur Thematik "KI in Fake News & Filter Bubble" vor Ort präsent. Herzliche Einladung an alle Interessierten, wir freuen uns auf eine spannende Veranstaltung.

  • Moritz Büchi participated in a workshop and international webinar on "Tackling Digital Inequalities: Outcomes Based Approaches and Methodological Innovation" at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The event included invited academics from around the world and various stakeholders such as the Citizens Online charity. It was organized and led by Ellen Helsper as part of the Digital Skills to Tangible Outcomes project.

  • Michael Latzer will participate in the expert workshop “Algorithmic decision-making and online platforms”, organized by the Directorate for the Digital Single Market of the European Commission. The workshop on January 25th will focus on “algorithmic awareness building” and “emerging governance and policy approaches”. Michael Latzer will present a governance-choice method to find the right mix of public and private interventions, and a mixed-method approach to empirically explore the significance of algorithmic selection in everyday life from a user-perspective.

  • Open Positions @ MC&I

    15th January 19

    The Media Change & Innovation Division (Prof. Dr. Michael Latzer) at the IKMZ – Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich invites applications for:

     

     

    1 Postdoc

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    1 Doctoral researcher / PhD student

     

    in Internet, Algorithms and Society

     

    Read the full job descriptions here: http://mediachange.ch/open-positions/

    Contact: Dr. Moritz Büchi (m.buechi@ikmz.uzh.ch)

    Starting date: May 2019 or as agreed upon

     

  • Funktioniert dein Alltag noch ohne Internet?"

     

    Es gibt ein neues Video zum Medienwandel in der Schweiz. Die Abteilung Medienwandel & Innovation (Prof. Michael Latzer) des Instituts für Kommunikations- wissenschaft und Medienforschung (IKMZ) der Universität Zürich gibt damit einen kurzen Einblick in ihre Forschung. Das Video fasst wissenschaftliche Befunde zusammen, geht auf gegenwärtige Entwicklungen ein und bietet Anstoss für Diskussionen über die Digitalisierung und ihre Auswirkungen.

     

     

    Die Themen reichen vom Internetnutzungsverhalten der Schweizer Bevölkerung, über die Dominanz von US-Plattformfirmen und die Bedeutung automatisierter, algorithmischer Entscheidungen für den Alltag, bis hin zu Auswirkungen der Internetnutzung auf unser Wohlbefinden.

     

    Infos zum Film

    Gesamtleitung: Prof. Dr. Michael Latzer

    Projektleitung: Noemi Festic, Benjamin Gerwoll-Ronca, Julian Wallace, Kevin Witzenberger

    Recherche: Benjamin Gerwoll-Ronca, Kiran Kappeler, Julian Wallace, Kevin Witzenberger, Luca Gnos, Tanja Rüedy, Michael Reiss

    Animation: Matyas Fabian

    Musik: Luca Gnos, J.A.Y.F.O.X.

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    Welcome, Michael and Tanja!

     

    Michael Reiss, M.Sc., joined the Media Change & Innovation Division at the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) as Research and Teaching Associate in September 2018. 

     

    Tanja Rüedy, B.A., joined the Media Change & Innovation Division at the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) as Student Assistant in October 2018.

     

    We are looking forward to working with them as new members of the IKMZ team!

  • Wie werden in Zukunft Wissen und Wahrheit konstruiert und abgebildet? Welche Rolle spielen menschliche und künstliche Intelligenz, individuelles und „maschinelles“ Lernen? Wie werden Informationen generiert, kuratiert und verbreitet?

     

    Prof. Dr. Michael Latzer spricht auf dem diesjährigen Forum Zukunft Bildung 2018 über die algorithmische Ko-Konstruktion von Wirklichkeiten.

     

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