Detailed Plan of Action (First Draft)

Work To Do Sources To Use (Ideas) 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.

26/06/18 26/06/2018
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

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