Call for Participants: 5th ENCODE workshop on Group Accuracy, Deliberation, and Social Influence

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Tuesday 3 Oct 2023, 09:45 - 18:00
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According to the celebrated Condorcet Jury Theorem, if we can dispose of a series of jurors who each have an independent, better than random accuracy regarding a binary issue, then the larger the group of jurors we take, the more accurate the group’s majority opinion on this issue will be. In the limit, the majority opinion will be fully reliable. This mathematical result has provided the starting point for a rich literature on the wisdom of crowds and democratic decision-making.

In practice however, opinions are not independent. Decision-makers are typically connected through networks of social influence, and before casting their opinion, they may deliberate collectively. When doing so, the shape of the network, the order in which they exchange information, the levels of trustworthiness attributed to them, and strategic considerations are crucial for the eventual outcome of the process. The aim of this workshop is to cast light on the role of these and other parameters in group deliberation, and their implications for group accuracy and democracy.


9h45-10h00    Welcome
10h00-11h00  Kai Spiekermann, London School of Economics                                                    Deliberation and Wisdom of the Crowds
11h15-12h00   Maaike Los, University of Groningen   
                        On the Graph  Theory of Majority Illusions
12h15-13h00   Hein Duijf, Utrecht University    
                        Voting and Social Networks
13h00-14h30  lunch break
14h30-15h15   Adrian Haret, University of Amsterdam
                        Deliberation as Evidence Disclosure: A Tale of Two Protocol Types
15h15-16h00  Ines Lindner, Free University of Amsterdam
                        Naïve Learning in Social Networks: Bots as a Singularity
16h15-17h15   Olivier Roy, University of Bayreuth
                         Anchoring as a Structural Bias of Deliberation
18h00-            Workshop Dinner

*See here for the abstracts of the talks. 

Participation is free of charge, but the available spots are limited. Please notify us before September 19th via in case you would like to attend. Please put “participation: ENCODE workshop” in the subject of your email. A full programme, incl. abstracts and location will be announced in September.

More information

The ENCODE workshops are organized bi-annually at the EIPE/ESPhil (Erasmus University of Rotterdam), as part of the NWO-funded ENCODE project (VI.Vidi.191.105).

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