Auditing the News Evaluating News Quality on Smart Speakers

Alexa, Siri, Google Home, Cortana—smart speakers and agents are now used by about 20% of US homes. People use them to ask about weather, set timers, play games, get information, or listen to the news. But are these devices delivering high-quality news and information or could they be misinforming and sharing “junk” news? This project aims to find out. By developing an audit method that defines what queries to audit and systematically collects data on the results over time for those queries from several different smart speakers, the project will allow for an assessment and comparison of news quality from these different devices.

Results

Results from the project

Faculty and Staff Leads

Nicholas Diakopoulos

Assistant Professor, Director of the Computational Journalism Lab

Northwestern University Asst Professor of Communication & Tow Center fellow. Computational journalism, algorithmic accountability, social computing.