Responsible Opinion Formation on Debated Topics in Web Search

Alisa Rieger, Tim Draws, Nicolas Mattis, David Maxwell, David Elsweiler, Ujwal Gadiraju, Dana McKay, Alessandro Bozzon, Maria Soledad Pera

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Web search has evolved into a platform people rely on for opinion formation on debated topics. Yet, pursuing this search intent can carry serious consequences for individuals and society and involves a high risk of biases. We argue that web search can and should empower users to form opinions responsibly and that the information retrieval community is uniquely positioned to lead interdisciplinary efforts to this end. Building on digital humanism---a perspective focused on shaping technology to align with human values and needs---and through an extensive interdisciplinary literature review, we identify challenges and research opportunities that focus on the searcher, search engine, and their complex interplay. We outline a research agenda that provides a foundation for research efforts toward addressing these challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Retrieval - 46th European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2024, Proceedings
EditorsNazli Goharian, Nicola Tonellotto, Yulan He, Aldo Lipani, Graham McDonald, Craig Macdonald, Iadh Ounis
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-56066-8
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume14611 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

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