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[ecrea] CFP: Artificial Intelligence, Robots and Media

Mon Apr 20 10:29:52 GMT 2015

October 30-31, 2015
“Artificial Intelligence, Robots and Media”

Technology has always influenced journalism and media by reshaping
news production process and changing the way journalists produce their
work. Today, in the time of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
Algorithms, the news production process could be completely automated
especially in the area of newsgathering where computer algorithms
(robot journalism) could generate news (and replace humans). As a
result of these advances media companies are increasingly
experimenting with algorithms, drones and other computer
operated/powered devices in newsgathering, production of news and

In line with new trends and ideas coming from Google News project,
Associated Press and Automated Insights, drone reporting etc. a new
set of ethical, quality and transparency questions arises. For
example: What are the ethics of the use of algorithms in journalism?
Who is monitoring the computers? Are journalists and media industry
ready for the future? How does audience accept robot journalism?

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, issues surrounding
the following questions and cases:

• Use of artificial intelligence/algorithms in news
• Use of drones and other computer operated/powered devices in reporting
• Ethical issues with robot and drone journalism
• Questions of accuracy and transparency
• Audience and robot reporting
• Future plans for robot reporting about more challenging topics
• Legal and copyright problems with algorithm reporting
• Role of computer programmers in robot journalism

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Mark Deuze, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Noam Lemelshtrich Latar, School of Communication, Israel

Christer Clerwall, Karlstad University, Sweden

James Kotecki, Automated Insights, USA

Different theoretical and empirical scientific approaches are welcome.

Papers presented at the conference (after peer review) will be
published in the science journal Medianali.
Official conference language is English.

Deadline for submission of abstracts and registration: August 15,
2015; Notification of acceptance: August 30, 2015

Registration fee for participants whose papers are accepted – 120
Euro, all others pay 200 Euro.
Full Papers due by November 1, 2015 (4,000-6,000 words, including 200
word abstracts and six keywords; referencing - APA)

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