The Youtube algorithm is often criticized. This video explains why it is problematic. The data that it uses is wrong and the algorithm itself is problematic. However, there is also an issue concerning interpretation.
Babylon is Burning has invited Ico Maly (Tilburg University) in the studio to talk about what he calls 'algorithmic populism' and activism in the digital age. How has digitalization affected politics and activism?
You might think that the increasing amount of data that is becoming available is helpful to historians, and subsequently also to society. But that is not necessarily the case. In this video, Melvin Wevers explains how the "holy grail" of Big Data regularly obscures the fact that researchers still need good theories and hypotheses to do their academic work, and that more data does not always translate in better research.
Activists use a variety of digital technologies to try to change the world. Different social movements have, for instance, used live streaming technologies to promote transparency and to demonstrate how they distinguish themselves from (according to them) corrupt governments. Dr. Emiliano Treré from Cardiff University discusses his perspective on studying digital activism.
Though memes often appear to be 'fun', memes can also have a dark side. In this video, Lucie Chateau explains what memes are, how memes are used to reproduce certain values and beliefs, and what can happen when memes are not properly understood.
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.
When Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron wrote The Californian Ideology over 25 years ago, people believed the whole world would soon resemble the United States. Today, the situation appears much different. China appears to be the most futuristic country in the world and the United States, together with its monopolistic tech companies, might represent a past we'd want to leave behind sooner rather than later.
The video explores how the a.s.r. Vitality app communicates societal health norms and how important notions in Michel Foucault’s work - the panopticon, social hygiene and care of the self - are applied to this phenomenon.
According to Dr. Taina Bucher, we should no longer talk about algorithms as purely 'technical'. Algorithms are complex socio-technical arrangements that are never devoid of human interference. In this video, Bucher talks about some of the arguments she makes in If... Then: Algorithmic Power and Politics.
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.