News Diversity and Recommendation Systems: Setting the Interdisciplinary Scene

  • Glen JorisEmail author
  • Camiel Colruyt
  • Judith VermeulenEmail author
  • Stefaan Vercoutere
  • Frederik De Grove
  • Kristin Van Damme
  • Orphée De Clercq
  • Cynthia Van Hee
  • Lieven De Marez
  • Veronique Hoste
  • Eva Lievens
  • Toon De Pessemier
  • Luc Martens
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 576)


Concerns about selective exposure and filter bubbles in the digital news environment trigger questions regarding how news recommender systems can become more citizen-oriented and facilitate – rather than limit – normative aims of journalism. Accordingly, this chapter presents building blocks for the construction of such a news algorithm as they are being developed by the Ghent University interdisciplinary research project #NewsDNA, of which the primary aim is to actually build, evaluate and test a diversity-enhancing news recommender. As such, the deployment of artificial intelligence could support the media in providing people with information and stimulating public debate, rather than undermine their role in that respect. To do so, it combines insights from computer sciences (news recommender systems), law (right to receive information), communication sciences (conceptualisations of news diversity), and computational linguistics (automated content extraction from text). To gather feedback from scholars of different backgrounds, this research has been presented and discussed during the 2019 IFIP summer school workshop on ‘co-designing a personalised news diversity algorithmic model based on news consumers’ agency and fine-grained content modelling’. This contribution also reflects the results of that dialogue.


News personalisation Algorithms News recommender systems Right to receive diverse information News diversity News content extraction #NewsDNA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glen Joris
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Camiel Colruyt
    • 3
  • Judith Vermeulen
    • 4
    Email author
  • Stefaan Vercoutere
    • 5
  • Frederik De Grove
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kristin Van Damme
    • 1
    • 2
  • Orphée De Clercq
    • 3
  • Cynthia Van Hee
    • 3
  • Lieven De Marez
    • 1
  • Veronique Hoste
    • 3
  • Eva Lievens
    • 4
  • Toon De Pessemier
    • 5
  • Luc Martens
    • 5
  1. 1.imec-mict-UGentGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Center for Journalism Studies, Department of Communication SciencesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  3. 3.Language and Translation Technology Team, Department of Translation, Interpreting and CommunicationGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  4. 4.Law and Technology, Department of Interdisciplinary Law, Private Law and Business LawGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  5. 5.imec-WAVES-UGent, Department of Information TechnologyGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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