FASresearch at Berkeley

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Austrian Studies Conference “Authoritarianism and Democracy: Austria, Germany and Europe 1918 – 2018”

Harald Katzmair (FASresearch) will hold a talk in the session “Globalization, digitalization and democracy”

“Polarization by Design: The Retrogression of Representative Democracy in the Age of Like and Dislike”

The talk will outline the key design principles of new media (similarity principle, variable reward principle, black and white principle, small world principle) and show how BOT-based algorithms from Silicon Valley help to transform the social morphology in such a way that antidemocratic “populist” forces are able to gain ground all over the world.