Privacy

Lifesum Food Tracker: The Dynamic Environment of Self-Tracking

Article
Savina Karneva
09/02/2022
12 minutes to read

People’s desire to exercise control over their lives is turning into a dominant practice with the emergence of all kinds of self-tracking apps that improve individuals’ quality of life and provide them with a deeper understanding of their habits.

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Tiktok's privacy paradox

Article
Marieke Weeda
18/10/2021
8 minutes to read

Privacy on Tiktok is something that has been subject to many controversies and lawsuits, but paradoxically their usage of accurate data for hyper-personalization is by many users also greatly appreciated.

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Digital Vigilantism

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Digital vigilantism relates to a public that unites on virtual networks and puts in a joined effort, or crowdsources, in order to find justice. 

Fitbit and participatory surveillance of the modern individual

Article
Nathalie Schabio
08/11/2021
9 minutes to read

This article sheds light on how Foucault's principle of the Panopticon can be applied to the digital age. The Fitbit app is more than a modern panopticon that shows that the 21st-century individual takes part in participatory surveillance. 

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Privacy vs. Big Data: Who are we in the eyes of tech giants?

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
07/02/2022
20 minutes to read

Big Data is the new gold. However, what exactly do platforms know about us? This case study is going to explore transparency in data collection of Google and Apple to answer the question of who we are in the eyes of tech giants.

Up Close and Personal with Wokies ASMR, your Virtual Girlfriend

Article
Inge van de Ven
22/01/2021
16 minutes to read

Meet Wokies ASMR, your Virtual Girlfriend. We can call her Jasmine. Jasmine is a creator of  ASMR girlfriend content on YouTube and OnlyFans. Inge van de Ven interviewed her for a forthcoming book chapter on digital intimacies.

Proctorio and the Panopticon: Privacy issues during the pandemic

Article
Carmen Gabriela Lupu
25/01/2021
9 minutes to read

This article explores the privacy risks that Proctorio and similar apps come with. In 2020, students had to perform their academic activities from home, including exams. Ensuring their integrity, however, comes with a violation of privacy.