ALEX, a short-cut for “Algorithms Exposed. Investigating Automated Personalization and Filtering for Research and Activism”, aims at unmasking the functioning of personalization algorithms on social media platforms. From an original idea of lead developer Claudio Agosti, ALEX marks the engagement of DATACTIVE with “data activism in practice”—that is to say, turning data into a point of intervention in society.
This research project is hosted by the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Media Studies, ALEX is funded by a Proof of Concept grant of the European Research Council (grant agreement no. 825974), awarded to Stefania Milan as Principal Investigator.