Sara Suárez-Gonzalo and Andrea Rosales, presented “Who is algorithmic aware? A quantitative study of the key factors determining the level of algorithmic awareness in Spain and its limits”. The presentation is part of a study carried out, in addition to Suárez-Gonzalo and Rosales, by Francisca Morey Cortès and Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol (Digital Societies CNSC).
Algorithmic awareness can be defined the ability to recognize machine learning algorithms operating in one’s own environment and to understand how they work and how they can influence sensitive aspects of life. The presentation showed the results of a quantitative study conducted in Spain, where the findings are not fully aligned with previous research insights. The results indicate that self-perceived algorithmic awareness is linked to attitudes towards digital technologies, the perceived influence of algorithmic personalized content, as well as age and educational level. However, it is not related to the tracked diversity of smartphone uses, income, or gender. These conclusions highlight relevant factors of the phenomena but cannot explain their root causes, which will be further studied.
The conference is part of Data Justice 2023 – Collective Experiences in the Datafied Society. The sessions explored impacts, lived experiences and forms of resistance in relation to datafication. Hosted by the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC). It brought together international scholars, practitioners, activists, and community groups.
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