There is an increasing public pressure on platform companies to more soundly police the content on their sites. To address this, platforms are turning to algorithmic content moderation systems. These systems prioritize content that promises to increase engagement and block content that is deemed illegal or is infringing the platforms own policies and guidelines. But content moderation is a ‘wicked problem’ that raises many questions all of which eschew simple answers. Where is the line between hate speech and freedom expression – and how to automate and deploy this on a global scale? Are platforms overblocking legitimate content, or are they rather failing to limit illegal speech on their sites? This is just one of the many pressing issues related to platform governance – a number of which will be addressed in an interdisciplinary research sprint on “AI and platform governance” offered virtually at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). Applications from advanced PhD researchers and early post-docs with diverse backgrounds (IT, law, political sciences and related fields) are invited to join the research sprint from 17th of August 2020 to 25th of October 2020.
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