Digital media and society

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The Editors
26/10/2018

Digitalisation has a pervasive influence on societies around the world. The internet, and the widespread use of personal computers and other devices such as smartphones, not only reshape human communication, but also have an impact on society in general. Digitalisation alters the relationship between citizen and society.

 

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Online Dating

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Online dating has been around for a while and has led to various positive and negative experiences. Some find their one true love through online dating, some find the no strings attached romantic relationship they have been looking for and others get catfished.

Finstagram: A chance to show the real 'you' on Istagram?

Paper
Emily van der Veen
04/09/2018
9 minutes to read

Finstagrams are a new social media phenomenon. This essay discusses why people are creating Finstagrams and argues why this is not necessarily a more true representation of yourself.  

Momo

How Momo shows us that anyone can dig in our data

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
11/09/2018
4 minutes to read

Momo has been said to be a curse, a hacker and even a maniac. What is it and how does it know everything about us? What should we do if it appears in our WhatsApp?

GDPR

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

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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?

Google and Big Data: Are we heading towards a dystopian reality?

Article
Lennart Driessen
16/04/2018
2 minutes to read

The services that are provided by data-giant Google are becoming more and more a normal part of daily life. But are we truly aware of the implications this has on our privacy? How much information does Google actually have on you? 

Mukbang: A ludic way to have a meal

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Natalia Wijayanti
01/11/2018
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?

GetContact app

GetContact: another threat to our privacy?

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
16/03/2018
5 minutes to read

GetContact is a recent app that got its wave of hype in February 2018. The official aim of GetContact is to block spam messages and identify calls on your phone. However, it can also be viewed as another way to threaten our privacy.

Is Big Data making the world better?

Paper
Daria Kholod
02/03/2018
7 minutes to read

Big Data will affect our relationships, leisure time activities, career choices and shopping habits. 

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Facebook and the end of the public sphere

Article
Ico Maly
27/09/2018
13 minutes to read

Zuckerberg’s New Year resolutions to 'fix Facebook'  are bad news for anyone who cares about the diversity in the field of media and democracy in general.

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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.

E-waste and the infrastructures of digitalization

Article
Nikolas giampaolo
05/10/2018
14 minutes to read

The precipitous evolution of electronic technology, along with the rapid product outmodedness, has escalated the proportion of the e-waste problem The annual e-waste production amounted to an estimate of 30-50 tons. 

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Online dating: a dangerous business?

Article
Marlyn Kemink
24/09/2018
7 minutes to read

Online dating seems to be the new kid on the dating block. However, this article goes into the history behind these recent developments and the risks related to it.

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Dating apps as part of our culture

Article
Manon Bijl
01/11/2018
12 minutes to read

Dating apps enable people to do things they have never done before. It are truly global products, but they only work because they are embedded in local (sub)cultural practices.  

Phenomenon of Algorithms and Political Echo Chambers

The political effects of algorithms: a look at Facebook and Google

Paper
Mick Timmermans
05/05/2017
10 minutes to read

There is limited data available on algorithms leading to political echo chambers. This paper examines the use of Facebook and Google and the algorithmic system behind both platforms. What are the consequences?

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Cathy O'Neil)

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Piia Varis
09/01/2017
4 minutes to read

Weapons of Math Destruction (2016) by Cathy O'Neil makes a very compelling case for people to start asking more questions and demand more transparency regarding algorithmic models that are being used to regulate so many aspects of their lives.