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Information, Communication and the Data Society

Research priority area

This interdisciplinary research initiative looks at the way AI and algorithms affect the role, impact and regulation of information and communication in our data society.

Established modes of communication have been deeply and profoundly changed by AI and algorithms. With the shift from mass communication to personalised and automated communication, interesting questions arise:

  • Does more choice lead to a disintegrated, self-centred public sphere, extreme opinions and a polarised electorate?
  • Do personalised communication and algorithms increase knowledge and citizen engagement?
  • Does microtargeting help or hinder democratic processes?
  • How are algorithms and AI used to persuade people and steer their decisions?
  • How do citizens develop strategies to cope with these AI developments?
  • Do citizens have legitimate expectations of ‘privacy,’ ‘autonomy’ or ‘equality’?
  • How can we define evidence-based conditions for integrating AI and data analytics into societal processes?

About ICDS

Information and communication play different roles in different sectors. ICDS brings together researchers from different fields, including law, communication, data science, ethics and digital methods. Together, they are examining research questions touching a variety of sectors in society, from justice to health, politics and media. ICDS a joint research initiative between the Amsterdam School of Communication Research and the Institute for Information Law.


Prof. dr. N. (Natali) Helberger

University Professor of Digital Technology and Professor of Information Law

Prof. dr. C.H. (Claes) de Vreese

Faculty Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Data & Democracy and Professor of Political Communication