Digital Media

The politics of Google, google,

The politics of Google

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Google is your best friend. That is the answer one usually gets when one ask for some piece of information. This answer can be read as an index of a very influential media ideology: that Google is a benevolent, neutral instrument providing users with the truth. Reality is a bit more complicated. In this file, we zoom in on the politics of Google. 

 

Zuckerberg Facebook

#10yearchallenge conspiracy goes viral

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
20/02/2019
5 minutes to read

#10yearchallenge has conquered our timelines, but also face recognition algorithms and targeted advertising.

AFD

The AfD white men Advent calendar

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
20/12/2018
5 minutes to read

AfD (Alternative für Deutschland), the German far-right party, issued a white men Advent campaign. The political movement uses this Advent calendar to promote their new right ideology and Euroscepticism.

Anti-Referendum Protest, Bucharest Romania

The Case of Romania’s Family Referendum

Article
Alina Andrei
27/03/2019
10 minutes to read

When doing politics, doing nothing is clearly not the right approach – but doing nothing was the effective strategy by which the hateful acts of the Romanian government, framed as a Family Referendum, were stopped on the 6th and 7th of October.

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?

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?

digital media, revolution politics

Revolutions, the digital divide and working-class media

Column
Ana Deumert
25/10/2018
7 minutes to read

Can digital media be used to organize revolutions and uprisings? Ana Deumert considers digital social inequalities in social media use, and explores their implications for developing a radical politics of the commons.