Algorithmic Selection on the Internet

In: Warf, Barney (ed.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet. Sage: Thousand Oaks, 12–14 (2018). http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473960367.n10

Posted: 8 Jul 2021

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Natascha Just

University of Zurich

Michael Latzer

University of Zurich – IKMZ, Media Change & Innovation Division

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

The Internet is increasingly permeating daily life with an essential and structuring bundle of innovations: Internet-based applications that operate on algorithmic selection. Automated algorithmic selection is embedded in a variety of services and applied for numerous purposes. Algorithms in search engines or news aggregators select information in general and news in particular; in recommender systems, they suggest music and video entertainment or influence one’s choice of products. They may also suggest friends, partners, and travel routes. Moreover, they are used to automatically produce news articles and messages in social media, to calculate scoring of content and people, and to observe behavior and interests as well as to predict and shape future needs and actions.

Suggested Citation

Just, Natascha and Latzer, Michael, Algorithmic Selection on the Internet (2018). In: Warf, Barney (ed.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet. Sage: Thousand Oaks, 12–14 (2018). http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473960367.n10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3871758

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Michael Latzer

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