constructing authenticity

How to appear authentic in a digital world

Paper
Miah Ke-leigh
03/04/2018
23 minutes to read

How authentic are we really? The increase of digital influencers and the pressure on users to reach a certain following or look a certain way before posting a photo, questions the idea of online authenticity. 

In this video Ralf de Wolf discusses the ways in which we need privacy in order to have a well functioning democracy, and the ways in which our privacy and our society are being threatened by a misuse of new technologies.

The bilingual Google Assistant: breakthrough or cause of inequality?

Article
Sammy Kossen
04/02/2019
9 minutes to read

Due to globalization, families are likely to speak multiple languages within one household. That is why Google made its voice assistant bilingual. Is this a breakthrough in the super-diverse world or just another cause of inequality?

It's a match: Tinder and Tourism

Article
Lieke van der Wielen
15/05/2019
8 minutes to read

Tinder Tourism is influencing the way we experience travel, but the way we travel is also changing Tinder 

Dr. Linnet Taylor

Dr. Linnet Taylor on data justice

Video
The Editors
13/03/2019

Would you like to live in a world with perfect discrimination? Probably not. That's why thinking and talking about data justice is important. Dr. Linnet Taylor from Tilburg University explains.

Mark Zuckerberg and Digital Health Platform 1DOC3

How Digital Health Platform 1DOC3 exploits the Global South

Column
Juan Eduardo Bonnin
03/10/2019
5 minutes to read

1DOC3, a recently created Colombian digital health platform, claims to be the future of medicine. With a public discourse of universal access, its business model profits from global inequality.

Matcha: Don't let yourself be fooled by superfoods

Article
Federica Morgandi
02/05/2019
9 minutes to read

Superfoods are hot, and so is Matcha, the powdered green tea. Matcha is more than just tea, it is a superfood, an identity emblem and a social media phenomenon. 

Ulta lifting haul Tumblr

Lifting: a weapon against capitalism or boredom?

Article
Lea Goeron
27/02/2019
11 minutes to read

The lifting community on Tumblr keeps growing and growing. Calling themselves lifters, they take over a controversial niche on the quirky and queer website. They're bragging about stolen goods online, gain followers, likes and reshares.

brexit, migration, EU, breaking up families, nationality, boris johnson

How EU families in Britain are coping with Brexit uncertainty

Column
Nando Sigona
10/09/2019
5 minutes to read

Brexit is usually thought of in terms of the nation and the EU. Less attention is spent on the impact of the Brexit negotations on mixed families and the uncertainty it creates. 

Meme communities and how to meme correctly

Interview
The Editors
03/06/2019

What are memes? And why is it important to study them? Ondřej Procházka is a PhD researcher affiliated with Charles University and Tilburg University. His research focuses on Internet meme communities and their sociolinguistic aspects.

Professor José van Dijck

Professor José van Dijck on today's 'platform society'

Video
Inge Beekmans
11/02/2019

Who is responsible for public values in an online society? Professor José van Dijck talks about the challenges Europe is facing because of 'GAFAM' (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft) and the impact dataflows are having on our daily lives.

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?

boby positivity

Body positivity online

Article
Jelske van Es
08/04/2019
14 minutes to read

Body positivity is an online movement with an increasing amount of supporters. These body positivists used social media to spread their 'body positive' message. How do people respond to body positivity? And how can we recognize body positivity?