How the Participation Gap Biases Group Evaluation

It is misleading to use the top performing individuals to compare groups of unequal sizes. Say you wanted to know whether men or women are better at chess or which country has the best athletes; using the top performers as representatives for each group (gender or country) would bias the evaluation simply because of group … Continue reading How the Participation Gap Biases Group Evaluation


On Digital Inequalities and Well-Being Research

In this video, which is part of a series of short interviews with the international partners of the From Digital Skills to Tangible Outcomes (DiSTO) project, Dr Moritz Büchi (University of Zürich) summarises his research agenda and shares some surprising insights from his study on digital inequalities and well-being.

Towards Theories of Digital Well-Being

Update 3: Paper published Update 2: Preprint posted Update 1: Video Abstract How can we live a good life both thanks to and despite the constant use of digital ICTs? A theoretical framework, Digital Well-Being Theory, is outlined that focuses on the mechanisms between digital ICT use and well-being by analyzing concomitant harms and … Continue reading Towards Theories of Digital Well-Being

“Predicting” Crime with Opaque Automated Systems

My contribution to this paper on predicting life outcomes was a model that predicted the "material hardship" variable and performed better than the baseline model even though, and this was the point, the selected predictor variables made absolutely no theoretical sense, i.e., they had no plausible causal connection to the outcome, they just happened to … Continue reading “Predicting” Crime with Opaque Automated Systems

Publishing Journal Articles

Andrea Ruggeri's Rules of Thumb for publishing journal articles is probably a productive practical guide, particularly for PhD students. Some of the most vital information that many early stage PhD students may not know or get to know in formal training are that most papers get rejected, most published papers looked very different upon initial … Continue reading Publishing Journal Articles

Publications on Digital Overuse and on the Chilling Effects of Algorithmic Profiling

Digital overuse and subjective well-being in a digitized society For most people in Switzerland, effective Internet use is essential for everyday life. But the constant abundance of digital communication and information options can also be difficult to manage. Not valid in all dimensions, but imo still a useful analogy: ICTs are like food. The question … Continue reading Publications on Digital Overuse and on the Chilling Effects of Algorithmic Profiling

Research Reports from the World Internet Project – Switzerland 2019 Published

Four new research reports on Internet use and related topics in Switzerland based on a representative sample including non-users have been published. Next to some basic figures on Internet use in Switzerland in 2019, we also explored issues such as privacy and chilling effects, users' counter practices, social digital pressure, perceived risks, and e-voting. This … Continue reading Research Reports from the World Internet Project – Switzerland 2019 Published

The Chilling Effects of Digital Surveillance

This is an adapted and translated presentation given following the Scientifica Warm-Up screening of Brazil (1985), 23 August 2019, KOSMOS, Zurich, Switzerland In the following, I would like to present two aspects of today’s digital surveillance situation and a consequence of this with a link to current research. The first aspect is “blind” trust in … Continue reading The Chilling Effects of Digital Surveillance

Summary of Recent Publications

Older adults’ online information seeking and subjective well-being: The moderating role of Internet skills The Internet and online information can be a valuable resource in the process of successful aging. Self-rated health was the strongest predictor of life satisfaction among older adults (sample of 643 Swiss Internet users, average age 68). Online information seeking (advice, … Continue reading Summary of Recent Publications

Podcast Episode on Perceived Digital Overuse

The Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law (ITSL) and the Digital Society Initiative (DSI) at the University of Zurich started the "Breakfast of Ideas" podcast and event series that focuses on the challenges and opportunities connected to the digitization of society. Young scholars from different disciplines present their work in a short talk and … Continue reading Podcast Episode on Perceived Digital Overuse