Digital Studies 101

A common resource for Digital Studies at UMW.

Black Boxes and Invisible Fences: Understanding Algorithmic Influence

How we experience the web generally, and social media more specifically, is largely mediated through algorithms. Algorithms are computer programs that make thousands of decisions for us every day, but we don’t often critically examine what is happening under the hood of the web to understand what we see and why. In this module, learn more about how algorithms work and what you can do about it.


  • Begin to understand algorithmic underpinnings of the web
  • Apply that understanding for your own digital identity and literacy

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Slack Channel: algorithms