Personalised News – Implications for the democratic role of the digital media, user rights and public information policy
European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant
dr. J.L.D. Neys (Joyce)
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Joyce Neys is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. She is part of the ERC-funded project Profiling and targeting news readers – implications for the democratic role of the digital media, user rights and public information policy” led by Natali Helberger. This project closely collaborates with the Personalized Communication project, a joint initiative of IViR and the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR).
In her research she mainly focuses on the perspective of the user and investigates the conditions that influence the social acceptability and rejection of tracking and targeting in order to contribute to a further (re)conceptualization of the democratic contribution of news media in contemporary society from a user perspective. By exploring the different practices that different users adopt in the context of news personalisation, she aims to shed light on how these strategies inform our understanding of what it means to be a citizen in contemporary democratic society. She is interested in resistance practices in particular. Furthermore, she is investigating chilling effects in relation to news personalisation.
Prior to joining IViR, Joyce taught at PPLE College at the University of Amsterdam. In 2011 she was a summer intern at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society (Harvard University), where she developed curricular modules on Information Quality and News Literacy as part of the Youth and Media team. She conducted her PhD research at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, which investigates how citizens create and use different forms of new media as a political tool focusing on online political games, political remix videos and political machinimas. At the Erasmus University Rotterdam she also taught at the BA and MA programs in Media and Communication and obtained her teaching qualifications. She has a background in Communication Science (University of Amsterdam) and Communication Systems (Hogeschool Utrecht).