Science

Tommaso Venturini

Tommaso Venturini on Controversy Mapping

Video
The Editors
19/09/2022

Tommaso Venturini avoided questions about the meaning of 'controversies' and 'Controversy Mapping'. But that's no longer the case. In this video, he explains what 'Controversy Mapping' is and why it is relevant.

Elizabeth Holmes pictured for Forbes 2014, extracted from Getty Images

The case of Elizabeth Holmes: from Silicon Valley Feminist to Fraud

Article
Lily Francois
11/01/2022
8 minutes to read

Elizabeth Holmes is recently convicted. She was charged by federal authorities for operating a multi-million-dollar scheme. Holmes’ company Theranos went from an innovative tech start-up to the biggest fraud case in Silicon Valley. 

SpaceX Falcon launch

The SpaceX mission and why it worries me

Column
Jan Blommaert
03/06/2020
4 minutes to read

Elon Musk's SpaceX operates in a field of power previously reserved for state institutions under public control. Is this a good or a bad thing? 

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.

Betsy Rymes

Diggit profile: Betsy Rymes on citizen sociolinguistics

Interview
Jan Blommaert
11/03/2020

Betsy Rymes (UPenn GSE) talks about how she engaged with 'citizen sociolinguistics' and turned it into a new field of online-offline sociolinguistic research.

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.