ESUPOL - Einfluss von Suchmaschinen auf die politische Meinungsbildung

Profile & Description
Influence of Web Search Engines on Political Opinion Formation

The Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia has approved funding for a state-wide graduate institute on “Digital Societies”. Philipp Schaer (Professor for Information Retrieval at TH Köln, University of Applied Sciences) and Sven-Oliver Proksch (Cologne Center for Comparative Politics) will conduct an interdisciplinary project on the influence of search engines on political opinion formation. The project will collect large amounts of web data from various search engines and analyze them using natural language processing and investigate the effects on opinion formation using laboratory experiments.

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ProjectESUPOL - Einfluss von Suchmaschinen auf die politische Meinungsbildung

2018 - 2021
Funded by
Funding Agency
Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft NRW
Partner Institution
University of Cologne
People Involved
Prof. Dr. Philipp Schaer (Technische Hochschule Köln)
Malte Bonart, M.Sc. (Technische Hochschule Köln)
Prof. Dr. Sven-Oliver Proksch (University of Cologne)
Franziska Pradel, M.Sc. (University of Cologne)
Further Reading: Publications

If you are interested in background knowledge and would like to learn more about the ESUPOL - Einfluss von Suchmaschinen auf die politische Meinungsbildung project and its progression feel free to study the following additional information.

Computational Methods in Professional Communication.
In: Proceedings of IEEE ProComm 2019. Aachen, 2019. accepted for publication
André Calero Valdez, Laura Burbach, Philipp Schaer, Malte Bonart, Lena Frischlich, Lena Adams and Dennis Assenmacher.


Intertemporal Connections Between Query Suggestions and Search Engine Results for Politics Related Queries.
In: EuroCSS 2018 Dataset Challenge. Cologne, 2018.
Malte Bonart and Philipp Schaer.
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