The current evolution of the Internet relies crucially on algorithms for ranking and sorting digital content and online users and, more broadly, for appraising information circulation. The main aims of the project consist in analyzing these transformations and the use of these algorithms, as well as developing knowledge regarding the new metrics of information on the web.
This interdisciplinary project gathered computer scientists and sociologists from CAMS (CNRS/EHESS), LIAFA (CNRS/U. Paris 7-Diderot), linkfluence and Orange Labs. The Centre Marc Bloch Computational Social Science team was also involved for a large part of the project.
Lead researcher: Camille Roth
It essentially relies on three pillars: extraction and construction of datasets relevant to online authority issues, sociological analysis of the interaction and ranking processes, and development of algorithms and models to describe these dynamics both descriptively and normatively.