Jack Bandy is a Ph.D. student in the Computational Journalism Lab, in Northwestern's Technology and Social Behavior program. He researches how algorithmic platforms (like Twitter, Apple News, and TikTok) are changing the media, and explores the ethical implications of these changes. Here is a visual guide:

a three-way venn diagram of ethics, media, and artificial intelligence, with Jack Bandy's face in the middle


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Research Topics

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?

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

Find a PDF of my untrimmed CV here.

Personal Tidbits

Some personal information you may or may not care about:


Other notes and updates:

New "Tulsa Flop" paper about TikTok + collective action! 📄 🤓

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A helpful list of tech and social justice resources from Ruha Benjamin

My Apple News research was recently featured by The Guardian 🙂