|Work To Do||Sources To Use||To Do By||Completed||Notes|
|Write about Information asymmetry and its link to algorithmic decision-making.
Explore how it can create inequality with reference to examples:
– Polish jobcentres
– Predicting criminality
Explore impact on different members of the population, with reference to A Matrix of Vulnerabilities.
Analyse the magnitude and likelihood of these effects
|‘Machine Bias’ – Propublica
‘Bias detectives: the researchers striving to make algorithms fair’ – Nature magazine
I have selected these sources as they provide a balanced investigation into the COMPAS software used to predict recidivism within the US.
|22/06/2018||22/06/2018||Better to split this up as information asymmetry links better to Cambridge Analytica case (microtargeting)|
|Write about microtargeting and its effects across the population. Discuss how psychographic profiling might be used for this purpose, exploring Cambridge Analytica in closer detail.||Privacy, Poverty, and Big Data: A Matrix of Vulnerabilities for Poor Americans
I have chosen to use this document as it provides a useful and detailed study into the effects of big data tools on lower socioeconomic groups, with clearly cited references.
Data Brokers: A Call For Transparency and Accountability: A Report of the Federal Trade Commission
This is an official document published by the government, consisting of a detailed study into how consumer data is used. I have selected this as I feel it is the most reliable source which provides some highly relevant examples to support my argument.
The shady data-gathering tactics used by Cambridge Analytica were an open secret to online marketers. I know, because I was one
Out of the numerous sources I have read about Cambridge Analytica, I particularly liked this one because it was honest and from the point of view of somebody who works within online marketing. Therefore I feel the writer makes more useful points which raise interesting questions for discussion in my project.
|24/06/18||24/06/2018||Consider reordering paragraph segments for project to flow better
Decided to have a whole paragraph about Cambridge Analytica as it is so relevant and current.
|Write about origins of internet and idea of personalised filter bubble, along with the potential dangers of this. Discuss with consideration of economic inequality and information asymmetry.||The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You
Eli Pariser’s raises some insightful questions about what the effects of digital isolation could be, and I would like to explore these further in the context of inequality which is why I have chosen to include this source.
|Discuss results from survey with reference to hypothesis. Evaluate reliability and consider on a larger scale.||My own research||28/06/18||27/06/2018|
|Conclusion: draw together research to make decision on hypothesis.||30/06/18||30/06/2018|
|Write abstract, contents and check reference list||02/07/18||01/06/2018||Draft has word count of approximately 6000 words which is more than anticipated.|
|Hand in EPQ draft||04/07/18 (at the latest)||04/07/2018|