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Why Facebook? Activism, censorship, and democracy

Academic paper
Lauren Zentz
03/12/2021
19 minutes to read

Lauren Zentz examine how a group of progressive activists interact around a certain set of Facebook’s hate speech policies and practices in order to make meaning of them, make both political and social use of them, and be critical of them. 

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The rising responsibilities of Twitch as a social platform

Article
Marloes Schraver
29/11/2021
11 minutes to read

A short article analyzing the responsibility of social platforms like Twitch and the politics this responsibility is connected to. Written with a focus on social media platforms' ability to censor without much repercussions.

Deep Medicine - review

Can artificial intelligence make medicine more humane? (Eric Topol)

Review
Jenny Slatman
22/11/2021
7 minutes to read

Eric Topol, the author of Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again (2019), argues in this book that articificial intelligence can make healthcare more humane. 

Is Digital Couture the next fashion breakthrough?

Paper
Noa El-Kassri
22/11/2021
9 minutes to read

Digital fashion could have a major impact on influencer culture and consumerism. It also can be a sustainable answer to the mass production of clothing. Arguments against it include NFTs, it being fake and that you can't wear it offline.

a.s.r Vitality Application

Step, track, shop, repeat: how an insurance company motivates clients to stay healthy

Video
Lily Francois
19/11/2021

The video explores how the a.s.r. Vitality app communicates societal health norms and how important notions in Michel Foucault’s work - the panopticon, social hygiene and care of the self - are applied to this phenomenon. 

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Genesis Butler’s Online and Offline Animal Rights Activist Movement

Article
Luiza Dubicka
17/11/2021
12 minutes to read

Genesis Butler, a young animal rights activist, uses her digital skills to bring about change in the offline world. But what is the relation between online and offline activism? And is it really slacktivism?

How an insurance company motivates clients to stay healthy: the a.s.r. Vitality app

Article
Isabelle Cijsouw
12/11/2021
16 minutes to read

This article explores how the a.s.r. Vitality app communicates societal health norms and shows how important notions in Michel Foucault’s work - the panopticon, social hygiene and the care of the self - can be applied to this phenomenon.

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Framing of Pride 2020 in mainstream media and on social media

Article
Marieke Weeda
10/11/2021
11 minutes to read

This paper analyses how Pride 2020 is framed by online news platforms from the Netherlands and the United States, and how social media coverage differs from this.

"[CLICK HERE]": how mobile game commercials use Facebook's algorithm

Article
Szymon Zbiegniewski
08/11/2021
9 minutes to read

Mobile game commercials abuse Facebook's algorithm to increase the number of players. How do these commercials make use of various mechanics to reach this goal?

Coronamelder app

The CoronaMelder app: an internalized violation of privacy?

Paper
Ilse van Knegsel
08/11/2021
13 minutes to read

CoronaMelder is a hot topic, but the Dutch are not very willing to use the COVID tracking application. Is this because of privacy violations or do we not care about our privacy anymore?

Fitbit and participatory surveillance of the modern individual

Article
Nathalie Schabio
08/11/2021
9 minutes to read

This article sheds light on how Foucault's principle of the Panopticon can be applied to the digital age. The Fitbit app is more than a modern panopticon that shows that the 21st-century individual takes part in participatory surveillance.