The breakneck pace of AI development and computing power has created a new age of algorithmic content delivery online, where youth (and adults) are all-too-easily funneled into rabbit holes, echo chambers, and media consumption marathons. But what are algorithms and how do they work? How can parents and caregivers protect themselves and their children from the harms of hidden mechanisms designed to maximize screen time, hijack attention, and minimize creative thought and exploration?
Children and Screens held “Algorithms 101: Youth and AI-Driven Tech” on November 15, 2023. Panelists with expertise in computer science, human-computer learning, communications, and mental health surveyed the current state of data-driven media online, how algorithms work to increase and solidify bias, and what families need to know to develop essential skills to cope with the growing influence of algorithmically-delivered content on youth’s development, preferences, and minds.
Imran AhmedFounder and CEO, Center for Countering Digital HateModerator
Ranjana Das, PhDProfessor in Media and Communication, University of Surrey
Amy Ogan, PhDAssociate Professor of Learning Science, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Elvira Perez Vallejos, PhDProfessor Mental Health and Digital Technologies The University of Nottingham
Motahhare Eslami, PhDAssistant Professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction Institute & Software and Societal Systems Department, Carnegie Mellon University
Video and Resources
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