Apps

Social media and why we're all full of shit

Paper
Daniel Obubo
31/08/2020
14 minutes to read

This paper seeks to explore Instagram culture and how it shapes young minds. The inspiration for the paper comes from the second season of the Emmy-nominated mockumentary American Vandal

Google's representation of the world

Google Maps' commercially oriented representation of the world

Article
Anne Marte Gardenier
24/08/2020
15 minutes to read

Google Maps displays a commercially oriented representation of the world. This influences how map users perform in the represented space. However, this subjective representation is obscured by the app's widespread use and its features' framing.

Dr. Paulan Korenhof

Paulan Korenhof on Article 17 GDPR and digital representations

Video
The Editors
25/06/2020

According to Dr. Paulan Korenhof, it is important to think about manners in which we can control our digital representations. Article 17 GDPR — which is popularly known as 'the right to be forgotten' — might play a significant role in this process. In this video, she explains why. 

blinkist, app, review

Blinkist: Solving for Reading in the Attention Economy?

Article
Inge van de Ven
18/05/2020
10 minutes to read

Blinkist is an app developed by a software company in Berlin. According to its marketing campaign, it “makes reading books realistic again”. But what kind of reading does it facilitate? I tried the app for a week.

How to become an e-girl on TikTok

Article
HONG HU
27/07/2020
9 minutes to read

This article examines TikTok "e-girls" as an online phenomenon. We examine what kind of posts e-girls make on the medium constructing their identity, and how this identity can be assumed by users who do not identify as part of the e-girl community.

VSCO girls on TikTok

Article
Marieke Weeda
10/02/2020
11 minutes to read

The phenomenon of VSCO girls started in the summer of 2019, but is now already waning. In this article, VSCO girls are approached as a micro-population. Their identity characteristics are examined along with their appreciation online.

Self-Tracking Data and its Commercial Uses

Article
Marieke Hendriks
26/10/2020
14 minutes to read

The commercialization of self-tracking data introduces new privacy risks as a consequence of the 'biovalue' that health and medical information have in the digital data economy. 

Mark Zuckerberg and Digital Health Platform 1DOC3

How Digital Health Platform 1DOC3 exploits the Global South

Column
Juan Eduardo Bonnin
03/10/2019
5 minutes to read

1DOC3, a recently created Colombian digital health platform, claims to be the future of medicine. With a public discourse of universal access, its business model profits from global inequality.