Universität Zürich

IKMZ - Department of Communication and Media Research

Media Change & Innovation Division

Andreasstrasse 15
CH-8050 Zurich
Phone +41 (0)44 635 20 92
Fax +41 (0)44 634 49 34


  • The Media Change & Innovation Division of IKMZ has started a new research project that empirically investigates the significance of automated algorithmic selection applications for central domains of everyday life: political orientation, commercial transactions, socializing and recreation.


    • How extensively are algorithmic selection applications used in different domains of everyday lives?
    • What subjective importance do people attribute to algorithmic selection applications?
    • How aware are people of algorithms, and how do they react to identified risks?


    This project (Significance of Algorithmic Selection), chaired by Prof. Michael Latzer and supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), applies an innovative mixed-methods research design to answer these questions: It includes qualitative interviews and the combination of a representative Swiss online survey with the tracking (passive metering) of online activities both on desktop/laptop computers and mobile devices.


    The results of this first country-wide, representative empirical study will provide an empirical basis for public policies.

  • Kevin Witzenberger, M.Sc., joined the Media Change & Innovation Division at the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) as Research and Teaching Associate in February 2018. Welcome, Kevin!

  • Im Interview mit dem Magazin Gesunde Stadt (Frühling 2018) spricht Prof. Michael Latzer über die Digitale Dreifaltigkeit von Daten, Algorithmen und Plattformen sowie über Chancen und Risiken der Automatisierung im Gesundheitsbereich.

    «Vom Glauben an die Dreifaltigkeit der Daten», Interview mit Michael Latzer, Gesunde Stadt (Frühling 2018).

  • Julian Wallace, Research and Teaching Associate in the Media Change & Innovation Division, has successfully completed his doctorate with the dissertation entitled «Gatekeeping im Wandel: Akteure, Plattformen und Gatekeeping-Mechanismen in digitaler Nachrichtendiffusion». Congratulations!

    Since April, Julian Wallace is working as project manager in the program strategy division of Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF). We wish him all the best in his future career!