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Friday, May 6 • 1:45pm - 2:35pm
The Building Blocks of Personalization: Breaking Down Algorithms & the Attention Economy

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In recent years, much of the conversation surrounding media consumption has been focused on misinformation and fake news. While this is an important topic and vital to discussions of information, civic, news, and digital literacies, it is not a new phenomenon. What is salient are the delivery mechanisms undergirding our information ecosystem, the complexity of which is only possible through algorithmic intervention. This hands-on workshop showcases algorithmic literacy activities from the #ForYou: Algorithms & the Attention Economy workshop, framed by current events and emerging theory, and encourages participants to adapt them to their campus needs.

Participants will:
1. Engage in algorithmic literacy activities from the #ForYou: Algorithms & the Attention Economy workshop at Penn State Berks.
2. Gain working knowledge of algorithms, recommender engines, and the attention economy to reflect on how they shape individuals' online experiences and subsequent worldview.
3. Feel empowered to lead algorithmic and privacy literacy education and advocacy initiatives.

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Alexandria Chisholm

Reference & Instruction Librarian, Penn State Berks

Friday May 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:35pm EDT
Conference E in the Marriott Hotel