Open Evidence, in consortium with RAND Europe, has been commissioned by the European Commission – DG CONNECT, to conduct the study on“Media Literacy and Online Empowerment issues raised by Algorithm-Driven Media Services” SMART 2017/0081.

This multi-disciplinary study will be a first step for EU media policy to analyse the underlying issues posed by algorithm-driven media services and explore the problem area in a structured way for the benefit of policy makers and stakeholders.

The overall objectives of the study are to: 1) analyse the issues posed by algorithm-driven media services and explore problem areas in a holistic and cross-disciplinary way; 2) identify gaps in understanding and research; 3) identify best practices from a media literacy perspective; 4) include a substantial stakeholder involvement; 5) include a fundamental rights perspective (freedom of expression/media freedom and pluralism). Taking all this into account, the study will not be limited to algorithm transparency, but explore benefits and downsides arising from use of algorithms in connection with media services. The study will complement ongoing work by DG JUST on consumer rights together with the European Parliament pilot project, Algorithmic Awareness Building Initiative, relating to algorithms and platform governance and DG CNECT’s parallel study ‘The Mechanisms that shape Social Media and their Impact on Society,’ and any other initiative in the same field at EU or Member State level.