The private life in a digital world

This course is part of the BA Online Culture: Art, Media and Society or the MA Online Culture at Tilburg University. Click on the link for more info on the courses and the programme.

In this international program Online Culture: Art, Media and Society (Culture Studies) the focus is on digital culture and (new) media. From disciplines such as cultural studies and media studies you study how digitalization and globalization influence our way of living. You discuss new ways of communication, art expressions as well as (social) media expressions like memes and trolls. You research how such ways of communication and expressions are established and how they manifest in, and have influence on a society that increasingly takes place online. Additionally, you actively contribute to digital culture by writing papers and opinion pieces for our own online platform Diggit Magazine.

Pokémon Go as a Self-Tracking Application

Paper
Chi-chieh Huang
22/01/2021
23 minutes to read

By examining voices from Pokémon Go communities and developers, this article aims to formulate Pokémon Go as a gamified self-tracking application that could play a part in individuals' betterment of themselves.

Women being watched by cameras

Women and online privacy: Understanding the privacy paradox

Paper
Rebecca de Jongh
07/09/2020
9 minutes to read

Women find themselves at a crossroads where their online presence could lead to empowerment or to added scrutiny. What is the privacy paradox and what happens to women when they face it?

What is 'Live Facial Recognition' and how dangerous is it?

Article
Lea Goeron
23/11/2020
11 minutes to read

In a more and more digitalised world new technologies are on the rise. This article explores what live facial recognition is and what dangers and possible threats it introduces.

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.

Break the Internet Kim Kardashian

The Kardashian-Jenner Expository Empire

Article
Bibi Bonten
03/04/2020
14 minutes to read

Our values regarding privacy and dignity are changing in this online age, and exhibitionism is more alive than ever. The Kardashian family of influencers serves as an example to elaborate on these ongoing changes in our society.

Can ancestry tests become a threat to our privacy?

Article
Carmen Gabriela Lupu
13/09/2019
10 minutes to read

With the increasing popularity of ancestry tests, having our DNA used by big corporations might pose a threat to our privacy. This article analyzes the possible impact of such data-driven businesses on our lives.

Tinder

Tinder privacy is not going to happen

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
10/12/2019
15 minutes to read

Tinder has managed to collect millions of users despite its disturbing lack of privacy. Why does Tinder fail to secure individuals' data, and why are users still willing to take the risk to keep swiping? 

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?