Jack Bandy is a Ph.D. student in Northwestern's Technology and Social Behavior program. He studies how intelligent technologies shape media diets on platforms like Twitter, Apple News, TikTok, and more. Here is a visual guide:
I study how intelligent technologies (i.e. machine learning, recommender systems, artificial intelligence) shape media diets, how the technologies (fail to) keep us informed, as well as the social and the ethical implications of these "algorithmic gatekeepers." I have a broad interest in the upsides and downsides of computing, and the ways that technology affects society.
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?
- Bandy, J., and Diakopoulos, N. (2020). "Auditing News Curation Systems: A Case Study Examining Algorithmic and Editorial Logic in Apple News." In Proceedings of the Fourteenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020). (Paper) (Blog) (The Guardian)
- Hagar, N., Bandy, J., Trielli, D., Wang, Y., and Diakopoulos, N. (2020). "Defining Local News: A Computational Approach." In Computation and Journalism Symposium. (Paper)
- Parker, C. S., Parsons, S., Bandy, J., Chapman, C., Coppens, F., and Seales, W. B. (2019). "From invisibility to readability: Recovering the ink of Herculaneum." PloS one 14.5 (2019): e0215775. (Paper)
- Bandy, J., and Diakopoulos, N. (2019). "Getting to the Core of Algorithmic News Aggregators: Applying a Crowdsourced Audit to the Trending Stories Section of Apple News." In Computation and Journalism Symposium. (Paper) (Slides)
- Bandy, J. (2018). "Automation moderation: finding symbiosis with anti-human technology." In AI Matters, 3(4), 59-62. (Paper)
- Bandy, J., Knighten, J., and Payton, J. (2016). "Demonstrating HighFiveLive: A mobile application for recognizing symbolic gestures." In Pervasive Computing and Communication Workshops (PerCom Workshops), 2016 IEEE International Conference on (pp. 1-3). IEEE. (Paper)
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!
- Technology and the Virtues by Shannon Vallor
- The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
- The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
- Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil
- The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry
- Technopoly by Neil Postman
- Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
- Informing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
- A Typical Day by Zach Bornstein
- The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race by Jared Diamond
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Not Without Us by Joseph Weizenbaum
Speeches, poems, etc.:
And some movies and television:
Find a PDF of my untrimmed CV here.
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My Apple News research was recently featured by The Guardian 🙂