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The spreading of digital content, such as images, videos, or links, in a short period of time through online media such as Social Networking Sites (SNSs) and electronic mail,  shared by a large number of people.

The (pseudo)science of profiling and surveillance

Column
Piia Varis
20/02/2020
9 minutes to read

Both online profiling and targeting as well as border surveillance are big business, but both also seem to rely on dubious scientific claims and foundations.

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How Netflix suggests what to watch

Paper
Anne Marte Gardenier
14/04/2020
9 minutes to read

This article gives an overview of the way in which Netflix makes use of computational research techniques in their recommendation system and in the production of highly personalized content.

The power of online reviews in decision-making

Article
Nadine Visser
05/06/2020
11 minutes to read

Online reviews are widely used for decision-making in daily life. Reviews of entertainment objects (e.g. films, books) are used as evidence of their quality. In this paper, we discuss the construction of "experts" on cultural knowledge online.

QAnon: The alt-right war machine and social media mobilization

Article
Daniel Obubo
13/07/2020
12 minutes to read

QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory about an on-going war between President Donald Trump and the "deep state". This article examines how QAnon followers use social media to their benefit by inviting skeptics to read between the lines.

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Naver, a South Korean media empire

Article
Jessaline Tanjung
10/08/2020
11 minutes to read

Many are aware that Naver, South Korea's number 1 search engine, is different from other such engines, but not many know where its differences lie. This articles presents an overview of how Naver functions, ensuring users remain engaged and loyal.

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VVD on TikTok: Genuine connection or political stunt?

Article
Idhuna Pastoor
04/05/2020
15 minutes to read

When the Dutch political party the VVD joined TikTok, reactions varied. Can the VVD effectively reach the youth on TikTok? Or are they missing the point and creating a ludicrous image for themselves?

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Will the #MeTooVoters make a difference in the 2020 elections?

Article
Maartje van Wagenberg
09/03/2020
11 minutes to read

The founders of the #MeToo movement have recently launched a new hashtag: #MeTooVoter. What is the purpose of this hashtag and what are the chances of success for the #MeTooVoter movement in the 2020 elections? 

Is Zondag met Lubach saving democracy?

Paper
Rosalie Vaarten
09/12/2019
9 minutes to read

Is the Dutch television program Zondag met Lubach or infotainment in general a threat to democracy? Or should we see infotainment programs as saviors of democracy?