The algorithmic populism of Alice Weidel

Article
Karlijn Raaijmakers
08/11/2018
10 minutes to read

Technical developments and the growth of social media have caused politicians to start using social media as a tool for their political campaigns. This is also the case for Alice Weidel: the leader of the AfD. What are the consequences?

fingerprint scanning

Why biometric data is not safe anymore

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
09/01/2019
7 minutes to read

Biometric data plays a huge role in our everyday lives. We use it to unlock our phones, for bank payments, memberships and travelling. But do we ever think about risks connected to our biometric privacy?

This Brazilian newspaper decided to stop posting on Facebook

Column
Gabriela de la Vega
01/11/2018
4 minutes to read

Folha de Sao Paulo decides to stop posting on Facebook after the guideline change in order to stop the proliferation of fake news, but is this decision really what is best for the country's fragile democratic situation?

Dr. Mingyi Hou

Dr. Mingyi Hou on social media celebrities

Video
The Editors
11/01/2019

According to Dr. Mingyi Hou social media celebrities are 'gendered'. For instance, female social media celebrities in China conceal social constraints, while male social media celebrities try to reveal social constraints.

Facebook, privacy,

Our data: public by default, private through effort?

Article
Romy van Geffen
10/12/2018
12 minutes to read

Review of Facebook's privacy settings: What is their idea of the level of publicity and privacy? How do they encourage users to be either public or private by presenting certain defaults?

woman, advertisement, the perfect body

#BodyPositive: Disrupting Normativity Online

Article
Victoria Mohr
08/11/2018
11 minutes to read

#bodypositive has been used by more than 4 million users on Instagram. This paper uses a Foucauldian lens to explore how body positive Instagrammers counter normative discourses of the body in western societies. 

Influencers and identity. Who do you want to be?

Article
Rob Dekkers
24/09/2019
12 minutes to read

Even for kids it is quite easy to present themselves to the world and learn to manipulate their online identity. But how does constructed identity affect online culture and what is the effect of impression management on our notion of authenticity.

The Digital Little Red Book

Column
Mingyi Hou
08/10/2019
9 minutes to read

This article explains the functionalities of the Digital little red book or Xuexi Qiangguo with the concept of gamification and its sociopolitical implications on governmentality.

The truth behind Anonymous for the Voiceless

Article
Seline Westerhof
13/09/2019
12 minutes to read

Anonymous for the Voiceless seems to know how to rapidly spread their message around the world, and get many people to listen to their activism.  But how do they do that? 

K-pop, K-pop fandom, Twitter

The K-Pop Fandom on Twitter

Article
Lola Vos
31/05/2019
17 minutes to read

K-Pop fans can now be found all over the world. Due to the mass organized fan actions, traditions, and complicated language, the K-Pop fandom sets itself apart from other fandoms. In this article I look at K-Pop fans on Twitter as a cultural niche.

Young guy sad after online bullying

Cyberbullying: a 21st-Century Phenomenon

Article
Reisha FG Grigoria
01/11/2018
13 minutes to read

The internet is everywhere and sadly that also means that bullies have more opportunities than ever to get to their victims. An analysis of two of such cases in relation to the copycat effect.

Importance of social media in the globalized internet age

Trump, social media and the first Twitter-based Presidency

Article
Jordan Hollinger
07/05/2018
12 minutes to read

Trump's social media presence is the most salient factor behind his success in the recent presidential election.  Trump's usage of internet and social media to connect with his supporters is much more successful than traditional forms of media.

Turkey's Struggle for Media Freedom: Medyascope

Article
Ugur Dulger
16/09/2019
10 minutes to read

Medyascope.tv is one of the rare examples of alternative journalism which incorporates many digital platforms and operates in a discourse of freedom instead of opposition.