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The age of surveillance capitalism ( Shoshana Zuboff)

Review
Ico Maly
13/02/2019
12 minutes to read

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff deserves a productive public and academic debate. It should not only be read and discussed by a broad audience. Scholars across disciplines must engage with it. 

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Facebook is old: the Ford-T of social media just turned 15

Column
Jan Blommaert
05/02/2019
6 minutes to read

The very thing that has made Facebook great also makes it obsolete. Designed in the very early years of the 21st century and swept up in a wave of tremendous technological developments, Facebook now looks, and feels, almost medieval.

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#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.

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January 26: Australia Day or Invasion Day?

Article
Georgia McAlpine
28/01/2019
15 minutes to read

In recent years, January 26th has been the date to celebrate Australia as a nation. But looking back on history, and its meaning for Indigenous Australians as the date of colonial invasion, there is a growing movement to abolish or move the day.

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?

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How Momo shows us that anyone can dig in our data

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
28/02/2019
4 minutes to read

Momo has been said to be a curse, a hacker and even a maniac. What is it and does it know everything about us? 

How can we explain our online identities?

Article
Jady van Leusden
02/11/2018
16 minutes to read

This article explains the construction of online identities and images of the body with the help of theories by Jean-Paul Sartre and Michel Foucault.

Leaving the Heartbreak Hotel online & offline.

Column
Ashna Coster
14/02/2019
7 minutes to read

This article provides a reflection on heartbreak in the digital workds, which means that one is breaking up online as well as offline. Unfollow or unfriend one another on social media and if necessary look up self-help tips on how to move on.