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VR, too soon for journalism?

VR, too soon for journalism?

Last month, for the very first time in history, people in the United States were able to follow a presidential debate through Virtual Reality (VR). Together with NextVR, CNN offered the service to viewers and promised them an experience wherein they could get to...
Search No Further: How Changes to the Search Feature Give Facebook More Power Than Ever

Search No Further: How Changes to the Search Feature Give Facebook More Power Than Ever

Announcing Big Changes: This past week, Facebook launched an update to its search feature that may give Twitter a run for its money – or at very least, some cause for concern. An announcement by Tom Stocky, VP of...
Google’s DeepDream: Algorithms on LSD

Google’s DeepDream: Algorithms on LSD

Last July a vast variety of psychedelic strange images flooded the social media. From Edward Munch’s The Scream to Porn and landscapes, surreal hallucinatory depictions of eyes, birds and dogs were generated in every image, recreating almost a LSD...
Battling e-Waste: Is the Fairphone 2 the Way to Arm Yourself?

Battling e-Waste: Is the Fairphone 2 the Way to Arm Yourself?

With the rise of technology for the masses, the manufacturing of the artifacts of these technologies came with two serious societal problems. Firstly, there are issues regarding the exploitation of a, for the Western world largely anonymous, labour force. Technological...
Butter as the Legal Version of Popcorn Time?

Butter as the Legal Version of Popcorn Time?

by Hans Kok The most popular video streaming service Popcorn Time stopped working on October 23. Although it’s not the first time the service is down, it might be down forever now since the threats of possible legal actions...
Yeah, the “dislike” button is finally here – but it does not like this!

Yeah, the “dislike” button is finally here – but it does not like this!

Finally a “dislike” button! Well, not really…   The long-awaited Facebook “dislike” button is finally here, but presumably it looks a little bit different than you might have expected it to look like. Probably you cannot even call it...
PeerRevYOU: A Tool for Media Students

PeerRevYOU: A Tool for Media Students

  Presenting to you: PeerRevYOU, a peer review platform for Media students. Thanks to this tool, students are able to review each other’s work before they hand it in to their teacher. We argue that this process could improve...
The Logout Project

The Logout Project

We might all have felt this way at some point– scrolling through endless posts and photographs of people who seem like they are living “The Life”: getting that promotion they have dreamed of, marrying the most perfect person in...
The CensorSensor – Revealing Localized Censorship through Interactive Maps: A Maptivist Approach to Corporate and Government Censorship

The CensorSensor – Revealing Localized Censorship through Interactive Maps: A Maptivist Approach to Corporate and Government Censorship

Almost all countries filter the Internet to varying degrees; anything from illegal downloading to child pornography and from human rights activities to government criticism. Filtering the Internet has a potential to reinforce the hegemonic power structures and to constrain...
From Chocolate Chips to Online – Creating a Cookie Monster

From Chocolate Chips to Online – Creating a Cookie Monster

Project by: Daniël Landman, Nick van der Meulen, Nicola Romagnoli and Seastar So. Link to Final Project. Cookies are the most well-known form of online tracking and can be used for a variety of reasons such as recording personal...
Safety Net – Play With Privacy or It Will Play You

Safety Net – Play With Privacy or It Will Play You

  Have you ever used a website that uses cookies? “Liked” a photo on Facebook? Geo-tagged your location in a post or used Google Maps?   Of course you have. But were you aware of how the information you...
EveryArtoF It

EveryArtoF It

Hutspot is a concept store in which upcoming designers share a space to present their work for a monthly fee. This store was not only the place of our first group meeting, but also triggered a discussion about the...
AdBlock Fair: Supporting content online, ad blocking awareness

AdBlock Fair: Supporting content online, ad blocking awareness

By Ryan de Ruiter, Jennifer Swagers, Hidde van der Beek, Lara Molendijk, Frans Bootsman & Hans Kok Project idea Already in 2007 a New York Times article by Noam Cohen forecasted the “potential for extreme menace to the online-advertising...
Post Mortem

Post Mortem

        How to Quit Facebook (or Make It Quit You) At the start of 2015, it seemed that Facebook was losing users, especially among younger people (Lang). According to an article in the Washington Post, teenagers...
Spy me, please!

Spy me, please!

A project, brought to you by Afra Suci Ramadhon, Alina Niemann, Kimberly Leerkes, Kyra Teklu and Radina Teodosieva The exhibitionist beginning Several weeks ago we were presented with an assignment ­- to create a new media project, intervening an...
HelpOut: Real Help for Real People

HelpOut: Real Help for Real People

The Crisis at Hand Political upheaval in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia have forced about 464,000 migrants to cross into Europe in 2015, a phenomenon referred to as the “Refugee Crisis” (Park). Numerous tragic events, like the...
Putting the Face back in Facebook

Putting the Face back in Facebook

“Mark Zuckerberg is promising Facebook users a new button to express an emotion other than “like”. It’s being referred to as a “dislike” button, though Zuckerberg says it’s going to be a tool to express empathy, rather than contempt.”...
Been There Done That – Fake Your Way Around the World

Been There Done That – Fake Your Way Around the World

Nowadays our social media are everything. We’re constantly thinking about a witty comment to tweet, we’re on the lookout for picture perfect lattes to post on Instagram and our life events are instantly shared on Facebook. We live in...
‘The Amsterdam Diaries': A Critical Reflection on Amsterdam City Bloggers

‘The Amsterdam Diaries': A Critical Reflection on Amsterdam City Bloggers

Introduction The Amsterdam Diaries is a blog with a focus on hidden, intimate or new hang-out options in Amsterdam. It consists of eight videos, all shot within the city center of Amsterdam. It’s presented by Kate van Dam, a...
Is This Legal?

Is This Legal?

The Is This Legal? smartphone app. provides users with easily accessible and transparent information about legal systems they are subject to in their current, geotagged location – complicating users’ readings of foreign national identities. ITL’s concept arose from brainstorming,...
FeelReal: The social media app where reality is more important than fakeness

FeelReal: The social media app where reality is more important than fakeness

Nowadays, you can’t make a friend without having them connected to you on Whatsapp, Facebook, or Instagram. The social media hype is only understandable given the fact that your connection with these new friends is taken to another social...
Le Flâneur: let him take you on a journey through Amsterdam…

Le Flâneur: let him take you on a journey through Amsterdam…

Le Flâneur is a mobile application that aims at improving users’ orientation skills by making them explore Amsterdam in a “smart way”. Making users learn the names of the streets and enable them to situate themselves without looking at wayfinding...
Internet of things – chances and challenges

Internet of things – chances and challenges

The first edition of the Internet of Things Congress took place on the 29th of September 2015 at the Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City. Approximately 200 delegates, experts and entrepreneurs gathered together to talk about the chances and challenges the...

Can Periscope (and live streaming apps) empower journalism?

Twitter’s launch of the live streaming app Periscope last March, was received with much enthusiasm by those who believe that it will empower reporting and citizen journalism. Live streaming apps are not something new. Few months before Periscope’s launch,...