Prof. Zweig is the project leader of “Google und die Bundestagswahl 2017: #Datenspende”. Her research focuses are the complexity of digital networks and “Algorithm Accountability”. She examines the question of how algorithms can be rated in terms of their accuracy and non-discrimination. She received her doctorate on the topic of “Graph theory and analysis of complex networks” at TU Kaiserslautern.
#Datenspende Google and the parliamentary election 2017
The research project “Google und die Bundestagswahl: #Datenspende” examined to what extent algorithms personalise search results. Also, which topics regarding the election became more relevant on Google?
The project, headed by Prof. Dr. Katharina Zweig, is a cooperation between the initiative Algorithm Watch, the university TU Kaiserslautern, the media authority Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb) and five other media authorities.
Initial results showed that the personalisation is not as pronounced as expected, and that effects were basically regional. The temporary study results can be found in the 1st interim report and in the 2nd interim report.