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| EPISODE 5

Algorithms

Could the digital revolution be creating a monster that spirals out of its own control? How is the bias of algorithms reflected in an Arab context or for independent content creators?
01 October 2020
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Created by
Sowt
Inkyfada Podcast
Directed and presented by
Rana Daoud
Montage
Andhouni Hana
Illustration
Marwen Ben Mustapha

In the fifth episode, Rana Daoud explores the world of algorithms, which are used by platforms and businesses to understand user behaviour as accurately as possible. 

In what way can the media utilise this digital tool, and why? In order to reach the maximum amount of potential readers, it is nowadays necessary to use social networks and their algorithms, which have become an integral part of communication strategies. 

But algorithms are first and foremost numbers that prioritise trends over content quality. Samia Ayech believes that in the race for hits and clicks, some media outlets can lose sight of what should be their primary goal: the creation of relevant and informative content.

Tareq Khamees and Mohamed Najem also denounce the abusive policies of Facebook, whose algorithms have removed many of their posts about the situation in Palestine because they contained words such as " martyr" or Hamas. Algorithms have thus become necessary but can easily have a negative impact on the dissemination of independent and high-quality information,

Episode guests, in order of appearance:     

Mohamed Najem, Executive Director at Smex.

Tareq Khamees, Editor-in-Chief at Metras.

Samia Ayech, Journalism Trainer at  Sayich.

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