The silo effect created by algorithms offers a new challenge to democracy since it undermines the faith people put in our democratic institutions or the media, as Mr Carter points out. Moreover, the opacity of financing sources used by political campaigns to develop structures processing data to target audiences (I.e. Robert Mercer’s implication in the brexit campaign) nurtures this atmosphere of defiance.

Meanwhile, facebook discloses very little of information about its algorithms, although being requested to do so by scientists willing to study the extent of these kind of manipulation over people’s opinion formation.


Considering the exceptional threat it represents for democracy, should legal action be taken to force facebook for instance to open up its code source?

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