Published March 1, 2020 | Version Published
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Bursting the Bubble: Tool for Awareness and Research about Overpersonalization in Information Access Systems

  • 1. Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems & Emerging Technologies (RISE Ltd.) Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2. Cyprus Center for Algorithmic Transparency, Open University of Cyprus Nicosia, Cyprus


Modern information access systems extensively use personalization, automatically filtering and/or ranking content based on the
user profile, to guide users to the most relevant material. However, this can also lead to unwanted effects such as the “filter bubble."
We present an interactive demonstration system, designed as an educational and research tool, which imitates a search engine, personalizing the search results returned for a query based on the user’s characteristics. The system can be tailored to suit any type of
audience and context, as well as enabling the collection of responses and interaction data.


This work has been partly supported by the project that has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 739578 (RISE – Call: H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017-TeamingPhase2) and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus through the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development.



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RISE – Research Center on Interactive Media, Smart System and Emerging Technologies 739578
European Commission
CyCAT – Cyprus Center for Algorithmic Transparency 810105
European Commission