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Working the Social Network

Working the Social Network

 “Social media is not Facebook. Nor is it YouTube. Neither is it blogging or tweeting. Facebook, YouTube, blogs, and twitter are merely platforms and channels; players on a much broader stage collectively referred to as social media” ....
Help Me Amsterdam

Help Me Amsterdam

Help me Amsterdam is a pilot website, an electronic pocket guide which was developed as a final project got the Research Practices discipline at the UvA New Media and Digital Culture Master. As students ourselves, we aimed to explore the...
The UvA Research Hub

The UvA Research Hub

  The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a non-campus-based university embracing the motto: “the city is our campus”. The various UvA faculties are scattered across Amsterdam. Consequently, students and researchers from different disciplines rarely meet each other. A study by...
Markets of Amsterdam. An e-book about the colourful and lively market scene of Amsterdam

Markets of Amsterdam. An e-book about the colourful and lively market scene of Amsterdam

As a final project of the New Media Research Practices course, the New Media & Digital Culture MA students of the 2014 class were asked to develop free-form new media projects. The class was divided into 9 groups of...
HipsterFlipster: A Critical Alternative to Algorithmic Ranking Systems

HipsterFlipster: A Critical Alternative to Algorithmic Ranking Systems

It’s friday night, weekend has just begun and you and your friends are looking for a nice bar, club or restaurant to drink some beers. But where to go to? Just download the HipsterFlipster app on your cellphone, and...
In the name of privacy

In the name of privacy

As technologies get more and more advanced in tracking, monitoring, and data analysis, the issue of privacy has become a very relevant topic and a much discussed debate. The digital footprint is one of the key terms that is...
Drebbel: The Sinking Machine

Drebbel: The Sinking Machine

Since the beginning of its age, the Internet has been a site where users could (more or less freely) express their opinions. Social media platforms were created exactly for this purpose and their rapid development has had a global...
Training Wheels

Training Wheels

As one of the cultural capitals of Europe, thousands of international students (2,000 at the University of Amsterdam alone), new residents and tourists convene in Amsterdam every year.  Unfortunately, not everyone who comes to Amsterdam has the typical Dutch...
Panoptibook

Panoptibook

Panoptibook is a new media research project. is not a real social platform: it is a website that just looks like a social network. The intention is to approach what a ‘social’ network would look like if a...
Get Water! Have fun and make a difference

Get Water! Have fun and make a difference

What if someone told you that by playing a fun digital game you could raise awareness to a current global issue, promote learning and education, or perhaps even help solving relevant problems at a local, national and/or international level?...
The posthuman cyborg: Technological telepathy

The posthuman cyborg: Technological telepathy

Researches have recently published an article where they have done an experiment with some kind of technological telepathy. A man in India wearing a BCI (Brain-Computer Interface), has successfully transmitted different kind of words through thoughts to a man’s...
Functions of representation in a work of art & MMORPGs

Functions of representation in a work of art & MMORPGs

Interactive Digital Art ‘‘Do Not Touch” is an interactive crowd sourced music video for Light Light’s song ‘Kilo’. The video was created by Amsterdam based art collective Moniker. Before the experience starts users are being notified that their cursor...
Your taxi 2.0 has arrived?

Your taxi 2.0 has arrived?

Amsterdam. Capitol of the Netherlands, known for cultural highlights as the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, the canals, fleamarket on Waterloosquare and an infinite number of bikes. The last twenty years the number of bikes has grown so much...
A New Kind of Pop-up Book

A New Kind of Pop-up Book

Early pop-up books are made out of pure paper. Each time the kid opens a page, an architectural piece of art jumps out of the book. In 2014, it looks much different. Bridging Book established a new mixed-media book for children and presents...
Manually Manipulated Modulation

Manually Manipulated Modulation

In the year 2013, six hundred seventy-two million people used a mobile phone in Europe. And this number is on the rise. In the Netherlands alone, twenty million mobile phones were used by the end of 2013. Mobile phones...

Alba: Improving or Controlling your Life?

During TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco the start-up Stack Lighting announced a new way to light your house: Alba. Alba is described as the world’s first responsive LED lightbulb, that is equipped with sensors that will know when you...
Apple’s and U2’s unsolicited music release: gift or spam?

Apple’s and U2’s unsolicited music release: gift or spam?

On the 9th of September Apple published a press release titled ‘Apple & U2 Release “Songs of Innocence” Exclusively for iTunes Store Customers’. In this press release Apple announced that together with the famous rock band U2 they will release U2’s new album...

MUBI: Watch movies of cult, classic and indie movies

It happened to me more than once that I got myself into the situation when I had no idea what to watch on Netflix. Even if it is amazing that we can reach everything there, sometimes it is easier...
Tribler: Who’s downloading?

Tribler: Who’s downloading?

Researchers of the Technical University in Delft (Netherlands) have released Tribler 6.3. Under the leadership of Johan Pouwelse a researching team works now for about 9 years on Tribler, an opensource p2p-client which makes use of the bittorentprotocol. In...
“SOMEBODY”.  Because “Texting is tacky. Calling is awkward. Email is old.”

“SOMEBODY”. Because “Texting is tacky. Calling is awkward. Email is old.”

By encouraging real-life interactions between strangers, Somebody is one of the most interesting apps launched lately. While messaging becomes an ordinary activity incorporated in most people’s lives nowadays, the artist Miranda July, in a partnership with the fashion brand...
Could Snapchat’s new feature challenge Facebook’s dominance in terms of trust and privacy?

Could Snapchat’s new feature challenge Facebook’s dominance in terms of trust and privacy?

What’s the next Facebook or is there one? Ask many, including John D. Sutter (2012), who suggests that this question is not only wishful thinking, but an increasingly likely reality. Jamie Turner argues that although Facebook is still “king...
How was school today?

How was school today?

“Jeremy hasn’t finished his Math assignment – and it’s not for the lack of trying. Math has been especially difficult this year. The concepts of Speed, Distance and Time seem incomprehensible to him. All his other friends seem to understand the concept...
Does gameful solar power pay off?

Does gameful solar power pay off?

Imagine you could produce your own electricity, charge the batteries of your electronic devices and even get rewarded. The German startup Changers tries to make that true. They designed a solar power charger for USB devices and a software...
Should we keep our emojis in check? Emojli doesn’t think so

Should we keep our emojis in check? Emojli doesn’t think so

On August 29th, London-based app developers Matt Gray and Tom Scott released an application that could possibly redefine the way we communicate through our digital devices forever: Emojli, a social network, where users can only communicate by using emoticons, or...