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Five years after the Snowden revelations

Solutionism, individualism and surveillant anxiety

Column
Piia Varis
15/06/2018
8 minutes to read

Five years after the Snowden revelations, we're still more concerned with technological solutionism and individualistic models of privacy than addressing privacy as a common good.

Five years after the Snowden revelations, we're still more concerned with technological solutionism and individualistic models of privacy than addressing privacy as a common good.

Alan Kurdi graffiti

The ship, the child, and the refugee debate in Europe

Column
Jan Blommaert
15/06/2018
7 minutes to read

The current refugee debate in the EU has been deeply influenced by a small handful of iconic pictures documenting the predicament of refugees and highlighting the moral positions in the debate.

Mukbang: A ludic way to have a meal

Column
Natalia Wijayanti
05/06/2018
5 minutes to read

Mukbang culture introduces a ludic way to enjoy food. In what way does this new approach to food challenge existing ideas on healthy living?

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The Frida Kahlo Barbie, desperately seeking authenticity

Column
Anne-Marie Sweep
29/05/2018
5 minutes to read

The Frida Kahlo Barbie shows us how brands can fail miserably in their search for authenticity. This article dives into the Frida Kahlo Barbie case. What caused the controversy? And what defines a real, thought leading brand to us?

GDPR

We're all data subjects now: the citizen in the European GDPR

Column
Jan Blommaert
28/05/2018
7 minutes to read

The new European GDPR generalizes the notion of the "data subject". But what exactly is the data subject? And how does it fit into a regulation which is fundamentally about the trading of Big Data?

Mai 68 50 years later. Revolution Revolt

Did anything happen in May 68?

Column
Jan Blommaert
07/05/2018
11 minutes to read

Was May 68 just a moment of countercultural protest? No, it was big, very big.