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Presearch: challenging the current framework of proprietary search engines and production of knowledge.

Presearch: challenging the current framework of proprietary search engines and production of knowledge.

As the current proprietorship search engine providers are not open and fully transparent and their technologies are influenced by economic, political and social factors, the framework for information literacy becomes more and more complex. Distributed search engines aim to...
My Fitness Pal; the power of search engines and world building

My Fitness Pal; the power of search engines and world building

Jasmin Figure 1 In 2021, the Fitness market (estimated by The Wellbeing Creative Co.) was valued at $96.7 bn. This calls into question for us as media scholars; how does the fitness market manifest and present itself within the...
Screens in motorcars, what could possibly go wrong?

Screens in motorcars, what could possibly go wrong?

The dashboard does not merely afford drivers control over the car, but also mediates information between the vehicle and driver. The digitization of the motorcar now means that the proliferation of screens increases the amount of information that is...
Roads in You – the Visualization of Research

Roads in You – the Visualization of Research

In “What is Visualization” Lev Manovich discusses the changing role of information visualization (hereby referred to as infovis) as a result of computational advancements. To which he focuses on the practice of ‘direct visualization’ as a more contemporary technique that...
Stories as Specters of our Past: Evaluating the Impact of Ephemeral Media on Research Practices.

Stories as Specters of our Past: Evaluating the Impact of Ephemeral Media on Research Practices.

What makes platforms like Instagram Stories important to address is not only our general inability to look at past media artifacts – but also the impact in terms of scholastic research throughout a variety of disciplines.

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COVID-19 Prevention and Control Using Big Data Technology in China: from an ethical perspective

COVID-19 Prevention and Control Using Big Data Technology in China: from an ethical perspective

Abstract  Given China’s regulatory applications for Covid-19 to monitor the country’s health, it’s critical to engage in the discourse over the significant ethical implications that may arise from the health and personal data collection phenomenon that is highly likable...
Data Visualization and the Aestheticization of Activism on Instagram

Data Visualization and the Aestheticization of Activism on Instagram

In Kennedy and Hill’s article “The Pleasure and Pain of Visualizing Data in Times of Data Power” the way data is communicated through visualization is explored along with the ideological work that is involved, the ways in which data...
NFTs and the infrastructural value of digital art.

NFTs and the infrastructural value of digital art.

In March 2021 the most expensive collection of digital artworks ever was auctioned as an NFT, or non-fungible token, for $69.000.000. This event highlights the NFT craze over the past two years (Chow). Some may think the hype is...
Scan-to-order System May Serve More Than Just Spaghetti: Data-Hungry Apps Raise Privacy and Security Concerns

Scan-to-order System May Serve More Than Just Spaghetti: Data-Hungry Apps Raise Privacy and Security Concerns

Though seen as a win-win proposition for businesses, the ethics surrounding online privacy and protection with scan-to-order systems are particularly pressing concerns, as some apps collect personal data such as order history, name, gender, and phone number. The emergence...
“You’re all caught up”: Instagram’s new attempt to expand data collection

“You’re all caught up”: Instagram’s new attempt to expand data collection

When you have browsed through all the posts that your following users have posted in the past few days, Instagram will tell You, “You’re all caught up” by showing a banner. In the past, the subtext of this statement...
Why Does One Seek to Quantify the Self? Big Data’s Influence on the Body

Why Does One Seek to Quantify the Self? Big Data’s Influence on the Body

This blog post briefly explores the themes of big data and the quantified self. Using boyd and Crawford’s article “Critical Questions for Big Data,” I provide some considerations for why an average person like my father seeks to convert...
The fault in our stars 

The fault in our stars 

How dropping the combination of astrology, AI, and trolling can help you save your self-esteem Astrology is a long existing pseudoscience, yet over the past few years it has definitely made a significant comeback in popular culture. It’s safe...
23andMe: Visualizing Ancestries and Ethnic Identities in Neoliberal Society

23andMe: Visualizing Ancestries and Ethnic Identities in Neoliberal Society

Our new media landscape is overwhelmed with data amidst a big data shift and the rise of data power, agency, advocacy, and pleasure within the context of neoliberal society. The endless amount of data is contributing to the growing...
Metapictures and visual media analysis

Metapictures and visual media analysis

Using digital methods to analyze social media has become an important approach. When dealing with different formats of data (text, image, moving image, video) gathered from social media platforms, specific methods have been developed for processing and analyzing certain...
Do recommender systems afford us to both browsing and searching?

Do recommender systems afford us to both browsing and searching?

Keywords: Digital humanities, Serendipity, Algorithms, Recommender systems Searching vs. Browsing Using search engines, such as Google Scholar, for information gathering and academic writing has become ubiquitous(Van Dijck 2010). It is almost instinctive for students and academics to start writing by...
Zoom Out, Zoom In: Looking at Digital Art Through Media Visualization

Zoom Out, Zoom In: Looking at Digital Art Through Media Visualization

Introduction In May 2007, Beeple, real name Mike Winkelmann, embarked on a long journey of his EVERYDAYS project. Ever since then, the American graphic designer committed himself to an artistic exercise, where he created a new digital illustration every...

Reflections on Genealogy Data in the Era of Dataveillance

Living in a highly digitally mediated world, it is of crucial importance to critically consider the issues of Bid Data. The rapid ongoing process of datafication, where most of the social reality is transformed into quantifiable pieces of information,...

Apps that fight against sexual violence: empowering the potential victims or reinforcing the rape myth?

This commentary selects the whole type of anti-rape apps as the new media object, utilizing Kitchin’s theories on data and relevant literature on sexual violence prevention apps, to demonstrate these well- intentioned digital devices have instead reinforced the rape...
Amazon: Bigger data are not always better data?

Amazon: Bigger data are not always better data?

            Most new media studies focus on the giants of the web, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter. They are specialized in search engines and social media and have accumulated tremendous data assets among their business. Boyd & Crawford (2012)...
LONG LIVE THE DOOM SCROLL

LONG LIVE THE DOOM SCROLL

A new phrase came about during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Doom Scroll. And while it sounds like a Dungeons and Dragons plot device it is a new phrase to describe our use of digital technology. It is defined as...
Gig Industry and the Issue of Data

Gig Industry and the Issue of Data

The increased use of Big Data in various industries has been embraced by solutionists as “a powerful tool to address various societal ills” (boyd and Crawford 2012, 664). At the same time, many are sceptical about the proliferation of...
UrbanDictionary.com Impact on Language on the Margins

UrbanDictionary.com Impact on Language on the Margins

Abstract Using Clark-Parsons and Lingel’s margins-as-methods framework, this paper analyses the ethical implications and political impact of UrbanDictionary.com’s contribution to the shaping of mainstream understanding of popular culture slang. Following a review of the UrbanDictionary’s cultural impact, this paper...
A New Frontier for Data Visualization: Political Campaigning on Social Media Platforms

A New Frontier for Data Visualization: Political Campaigning on Social Media Platforms

Infographics, bar charts, projections — leading up to the German general election last week, social media feeds were flooded with a plethora of different visualizations in order to mobilize voters. Especially among young voters, social media has become a...