Lobbyists, think tanks, algorithms and policy influence

Year: 2021

Author: Barnes, Naomi

Type of paper: Symposium

This presentation considers the role of algorithms in shaping education policy through algorithmic activism. Policy advocacy groups, such as Atlas Network think tanks Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) and Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), are engaging in algorithmic activism, or using the populist architecture and effect of internet algortihms to manipulate the spread of political information.  Showcasing work in progress research that has convincing evidence the lobby groups have engaged in organised and successful algorithmic, cross-platform activism, I demonstrate how such activity can result in an online search producing unbalanced information about education issues. The audience is invited to discuss what implications such a distribution of knowledge has for how education will be governed and shaped into the future.