Apps

Does a Fitbit make you healthier and happier?

Paper
Iris Olde Hampsink
06/09/2021
11 minutes to read

This article analyzes the app Fitbit, its aim and its game design elements. What makes Fitbit both successful and unsuccessful. Additionally, the article discusses what role participatory surveillance plays on the app. 

The Era of Audio: The rise of podcasts

Article
Savina Karneva
08/09/2021
17 minutes to read

This paper focuses on the growth of the podcast industry and its development over the years. It tackles the role of social media influencers and celebrities in that growth and the social effects of this new trend. 

Viral music on TikTok

Article
Marieke Weeda
10/03/2021
10 minutes to read

This article takes a closer look at the usage of music on TikTok, how songs can rise to virality on this platform, and what consequences this has for artists and the music industry.

How does TikTok’s algorithm work?

Article
Gergana Mihaylova
23/06/2021
9 minutes to read

TikTok has rapidly grown over the years, becoming one of the biggest platforms of our time. But TikTok's algorithm has caused many harms to its users. TikTok's algorithm introduces us to an updated version called, "the beauty algorithm"

Facial recognition law enforcement

Facial recognition discriminates, but who is to blame?

Article
Tinka Krikke
01/04/2021
3 minutes to read

This article analyzes law enforcement discrimination via facial recognition technology, focusing on philosophical theories of responsibility. If no one can control AI, who is responsible for the discrimination it causes?

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.