We needed a database of Slovak music to show how that national repertoire is seen by media and streaming platforms, how can we give it greater visibility in radio and streaming platforms, and what are the specific problems why certain artists and music is almost invisible.
I’d say we all know the potential of the internet and big data, but the best we can do right now is just let as much happen with that as we can. We don’t really feel like we have any control over what happens in that area or our overall “success” on social media.
Tammy is a bilingual Slovak, who is more at home singing and dreaming in the English language than in the country’s language, and she thinks this is not what the local audience expects from her. No wonder that she is looking for ways to expand their universe beyond the country borders.
Katarzia's latest album tour was postponed indefinitely because of Covid-19. She signs in Slovak, and would like to stick around – as soon as the pandemic is over, she would like to return to the clubs and play for her fans.
Regulating black box, private algorithms and data monopolies is only a first step to damage control. Deploying white, transparent algorithms and building collaborative or open data pools can only guarantee fairness in the digital platforms, in recommendations, and generally in the use of AI.