An Industry-Led Debate: How UK Media Cover Artificial Intelligence | 2018


Practices are wanting in how the UK media is covering AI, finds THE REUTERS INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF JOURNALISM.

SUMMARY

  • There is a preponderance of industry sourcing, little notice of debates about AI effects, and early signs that coverage clusters by political orientation.
  • Right-leaning newsrooms tended to cover automation, national security and investment.
  • Left-leaning news outlets were more likely to cover ethics, privacy, and algorithmic bias.
  • Findings are based on six U.K. mainstream news organizations studied over eight months in 2018.

FROM THE CONCLUSIONS

  • ‘…importance of including a wider range of voices in discussions of AI. Academics, activists, politicians, civilians, and civil servants, amongst others, can all contribute to a rich and sophisticated public debate around AI.’
  • ‘… important for news outlets to explicitly recognise the legitimately different political interpretations of what AI is and ought to be.’
  • ‘…as AI develops as a public issue, it is necessary to interrogate its relation to many other realms beyond technology, including politics, economics, and health.’

TEXT-ON-VIDEO SUMMARY

While media should explore in detail the promise and pitfalls of AI, they would be well served to treat it less as a world-shaking revolution and more as a set of technologies in the process of being designed, a set of choices in the process of being made, and a set of problems in the process of being collectively solved.

from the conclusions

AUTHORS

  • J. Scott Brennen
  • Philip N. Howard
  • Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

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An Industry-Led Debate: How UK Media Cover Artificial Intelligence
REUTERS INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF JOURNALISM | December 2018

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