PhD Position: Transforming Democratic Values in Algorithmic Media
University of Amsterdam
The growing role of algorithms in media has brought fundamental advantages for democratic procedures and democratic values, for instance regarding political information and certain kinds of political communications. On the other hand, some values might be under threat, such as privacy and civic participation. This project analyses which democratic, public values are at stake when algorithms play an ever-growing role in the media. These might include privacy, agency, autonomy, equality, non-discrimination, and others. Which democratic values are particularly under threat in a technological democracy? How might they be safeguarded? And which values only come to the fore as a constitutive element of democratic procedures through technological advances?
Profile of the candidate
The ideal candidate:
Holds an MA (or equivalent) in political philosophy and/or ethics;
Has demonstrable expertise and interest in media and/or digital technology,
Is committed to collaborative and multi-disciplinary research and has a collegial attitude.
Furthermore you have:
Proven academic interest in questions regarding algorithmic applications and digital society;
Interest in working in a very interdisciplinary, cross-university environment;
Interest in contributing to and helping to create the broader algosoc research community;
An excellent written and spoken command of English (written and spoken command of other languages, including Dutch, French, and/or German is a plus);
Affinity with organising workshops, lecture series, and similar events.
If the vacancy appeals to you, but you are doubting whether you might be THE person we are looking for, please do apply. We encourage all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, people with disabilities, and members of other groups underrepresented in academia to apply. We wish to create a consortium that consists of persons who each contribute in their unique way to the team. Complementarity and not homogeneity is what we are looking for.
Developing a societal vision on automated decision making concerns us all. We believe that a diversity of perspectives in our consortium will be important in developing an inclusive societal vision and strive therefore also in our hiring policy for encouraging applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to creating an environment of mutual respect, inclusiveness, equal opportunities with room for situated experiences, diverse perspectives, and ideas to flourish. This commitment applies to our research, organisation, room for flexibility, training, and community activities as well as our hiring strategy.