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Is Apple our Online-Privacy Vigilante?

Is Apple our Online-Privacy Vigilante?

Abstract: Apple purports that its new Intelligent Tracking Prevention Technology integrated in Safari browser prevents 3rd-party cookies from collecting users’ data, therefore, reducing online ads, and ultimately protecting users’ privacy. This paper challenges this by arguing that ITP’s functionality...
Facial ID scanning: An advertisers’ dream, or a consumers’ nightmare?

Facial ID scanning: An advertisers’ dream, or a consumers’ nightmare?

A couple of weeks ago, a traveler noticed a camera in one of the digital advertising screens at a train station in the Netherlands. A photo of this ‘hidden’ camera was then posted on Twitter, questioning the purpose of these...
Winter is coming for Uber

Winter is coming for Uber

            V.S             Knockout or next round? All eyes towards the battle between the online platform Uber and London’s transport regulation system ‘TfL’. Employee conditions and security affairs triggered the next...

Call for Applications – MA in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam 2018-2019

One-year and two-year international Master’s programs in New Media available: MA Media Studies: New Media and Digital Culture (one year, full time) Research MA Media Studies: New Media and Digital Culture (two years, full time)   MA New Media...
Tagging onto #MeToo

Tagging onto #MeToo

Halleluja! Alyssa Milano was preaching to the choir with her tweet on october 15th 2017. As a young feminist that has experienced her share of harassment and patriarchal justifications, she could not have found a more receptive public. But...
ADPOCALYPSE!! Is YouTube taking it to far in their recent rage of demonitizing video’s by the masses?

ADPOCALYPSE!! Is YouTube taking it to far in their recent rage of demonitizing video’s by the masses?

ADPOCALYPSE!! Is YouTube taking it to far in their recent rage of demonitizing video’s by the masses?     The ‘Adpocalypse’, as it has been declared by worlds most popular YouTuber, Pewdiepie, is without any doubt the biggest struggle YouTube...
ecoarttech: techno-art connecting people with nature

ecoarttech: techno-art connecting people with nature

The New Media art partnership between Cary Peppermint and Leila Christine Nadir entitled ecoarttech aims to repurpose the use of common technologies (e.g. smartphones) with the intent of bringing global communities closer together, as well as local communities closer to,...
Seeing eye to I(t)

Seeing eye to I(t)

What became of the bionic contact lens? Since the digital display was introduced users have dreamt of breaking it free from its four encapsulating walls. Numerous attempts, from projected to integrated and even curved or rimless screens, have all...
“De Sleepwet”: Why five students are trying to protect the privacy of Dutch citizens

“De Sleepwet”: Why five students are trying to protect the privacy of Dutch citizens

A revised version of the Dutch law on intelligence and security is challenged by five students, because it violates the right to privacy. They started a campaign with the goal to enable a referendum, in an effort to protect...
Creating awareness by visualizing the variety of “fake newses”

Creating awareness by visualizing the variety of “fake newses”

Our research objective is the phenomenon of fake news. We claim that fake news is not one thing, and also not a new phenomenon. Rather we would like to offer a new conceptualization by visualizing the various levels of...
Digital Literacy in Greece: Mapping the current issues in developing and deploying policies for digital literacy and education

Digital Literacy in Greece: Mapping the current issues in developing and deploying policies for digital literacy and education

Without question, the emergence of Web 2.0 has revolutionized many aspects of people’s lives. One of its most basic characteristics is how communication is now enabled globally, allowing information to flow easily from one part of the world to...
A Streamlined Explanation: The Problem with Streaming Games on YouTube

A Streamlined Explanation: The Problem with Streaming Games on YouTube

Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg is one of the most popular video game streamers on YouTube with more than 57 million subscribers (Orland, 2017). Because of a racial slur uttered in one of his recent Let’s Play videos, PewDiePie faced a...
Where does your data go? Mapping the data flow of Nest

Where does your data go? Mapping the data flow of Nest

Introduction With this research project, we set out to investigate the volume of data created and shared from smart home devices. Intrigued by the claim that our homes are getting smarter and more connected, we aimed to find out...
Time and Algorithmic Music Composition

Time and Algorithmic Music Composition

Time and Algorithmic Music Composition     Information and communications technologies proliferate today, and with them, the continuous generation, processing, recording, circulation, and visualization of ever more data.  The societies of control theorized by Deleuze and others are said...
Make voting safe again? A selection and as-sessment of contemporary technologies in relation to their integration with i-Voting

Make voting safe again? A selection and as-sessment of contemporary technologies in relation to their integration with i-Voting

By conducting an academic literature review along with an empirical analysis of the Estonian i-Voting system, our aim was to identify weaknesses in the i-Voting infrastructure, and assess whether biometric technologies can be implemented to help alleviate issues and...
Mediating Veganism: A look at vegan self-presentation on Instagram

Mediating Veganism: A look at vegan self-presentation on Instagram

Veganism is an alternative food diet and lifestyle that aims to exclude, as far as possible any exploitation and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, or other by-products (The Vegan Society). A cursory search on Google Trends reveals that...
Snapchat Fams as a Subculture: How Influencers Use Emojis for Commodifying Cross-Platform Engagement

Snapchat Fams as a Subculture: How Influencers Use Emojis for Commodifying Cross-Platform Engagement

Introduction Communities on social media are an emerging phenomenon in today’s society. Within the framework of networks, people come together virtually, satisfying their needs of communication and belonging, usually by creating communities based on mutual interests. Often, these communities...
Face the Bubble: Revealing How Facebook Selects Users’ News Stories

Face the Bubble: Revealing How Facebook Selects Users’ News Stories

Introduction The media content we are exposed to is becoming increasingly personalised (Borgesius 2). Personalisation in this sense can be explained as online media content tailored to an individual for it to have a more personal appeal to the...
Blind Spots: The value of information about cloud services for user empowerment.

Blind Spots: The value of information about cloud services for user empowerment.

“Cloud” – a word that suggests the promise and experience of accessing files from anywhere you choose, much like pulling it down from the sky. However, when we think of the verb “to cloud”, it means ‘to make less...
The Data-Ing Game: The Value Placed On Our Own Data; How Socio-Economics Play A Part And How Our App Will Help Educate Users On The Current Worth Of Data In The Market

The Data-Ing Game: The Value Placed On Our Own Data; How Socio-Economics Play A Part And How Our App Will Help Educate Users On The Current Worth Of Data In The Market

Our project aimed to design an app called ‘The Data-ing Game’ that would educate people on the value of their data. Not many realised the valuable commodity that their own personal data has become*. We aimed to distinguish whether...
Being Friends With Yourself:  How Friendship Is Programmed Within The AI-Based Socialbot Replika.

Being Friends With Yourself: How Friendship Is Programmed Within The AI-Based Socialbot Replika.

The new social-bot application Replika allows you to become friends with a 100% artificial intelligence replica of yourself. In doing so, it offers a whole new social media experience in which the notion of friendship is configured by an...
Dissecting Facebook’s Censorship

Dissecting Facebook’s Censorship

Since September 2016, Facebook’s banning of the “Napalm Girl” photograph, one of the most powerful images that represented the atrocities of the Vietnam War, has sparked a debate on Facebook’s censorship power and policies. In the 1972 photograph, Kim...
MirrorMirror: Illuminating the black box for the everyday internet user

MirrorMirror: Illuminating the black box for the everyday internet user

MirrorMirror is a web extension that tracks a user’s search engine queries ultimately compiling a digital profile that characterizes the user. The goal of the non-profit tool is to encourage awareness and potentially behavioural change surrounding user’s interaction with...
iClarify: About The Control and Understanding of Our Privacy.

iClarify: About The Control and Understanding of Our Privacy.

iClarify: About The Control and Understanding of Our Privacy.   “I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS AGREEMENT, AND I ACCEPT AND AGREE TO ALL OF ITS TERMS AND CONDITIONS”   This might be one of the biggest lies on...
You cannot log out from the grave: The implications of Facebook suggesting immortality within its death policy.

You cannot log out from the grave: The implications of Facebook suggesting immortality within its death policy.

People are barely aware that all their online profiles, pictures, and status updates will remain available online after they decease. When uploading those memories onto Facebook, we create our “digital self”. But when signing up for Facebook, users are...
Who controls your voice controlled world?

Who controls your voice controlled world?

One of the latest trends in the tech world is the development of the smart digital voice assistant. It was first popularized by iPhone’s Siri, and now companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft are developing software and hardware technology...