Jack Bandy is a Ph.D. student in Northwestern's Technology and Social Behavior program.


My Apple News research was recently featured by The Guardian!


Research Topics

I study how new technology affects the flow of media in society. Unless you exclusively read the news on a physical newspaper, there are algorithms involved in choosing which media you consume. Whether you are visiting the New York Times homepage, browsing Facebook, or scrolling through Apple News, machines play a role in curating your media diet. I am studying the consequences of algorithms acting as gatekeepers in today's media ecosystem, and have a broad interest in the upsides and downsides of computing.

Here are a few questions that myself and others in related fields are thinking about:

  • What happens when algorithms influence the news, movies, and music that we consume as a culture?
  • Should an algorithm be used in context of law and justice, such as choosing where police cars patrol? What are the implications of using such an algorithm?
  • How can we mitigate some of the negative impacts that new technology has on society? For example, how might we address human biases embedded in the training data and structure behind algorithms?
  • How might we design algorithms that embed positive human values?

Publications

Favorite Books, Stories, & Poems

Here are a few books, stories, and essays that have significantly influenced (and in most cases, guided) my thinking about human-computer interaction and/or life. I am always anxious to hear recommendations, so reach out if you have any!

Speeches, poems, etc.:

And some movies and television:

My CV

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Personal Tidbits

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