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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...
Colombia’s Digital Mainstream vs Alternative Media

Colombia’s Digital Mainstream vs Alternative Media

During Colombia’s national strike in 2021, the hard reality of power imbalance was once again brought to light. It has been left to Colombian working-class associations and the high class and politicians in the chamber of representatives to discuss...
Big data, big dilemmas: Are we “slaves” of personalized marketing?

Big data, big dilemmas: Are we “slaves” of personalized marketing?

Data is the fuel of our Information age and can be used to predict unforeseen things about our lives. This raise concerns not only about the ethics of data but also the violation of privacy. From the real world...

Can Smart Robots Manipulate Narratives On Twitter?

Misinformation on social media platforms has exponentially grown to a wide degree in recent years and the fabrication of the news is a significant example that has occurred in many recent political campaigns across the globe. Misinformation serves to...
How Your Run is Turning into Amazing Customer Experiences for Nike: Data Collection and Invasive Marketing

How Your Run is Turning into Amazing Customer Experiences for Nike: Data Collection and Invasive Marketing

Nike’s digital retail and fitness guidance apps are working together to improve customer experiences and create loyal buyers through the method of data collection. Certain app affordances by their fitness guidance apps provide relevant data which illustrate how they...
From Field Recordings to A Future Recipe: Sensing Blockchain as An Infrastructure in China

From Field Recordings to A Future Recipe: Sensing Blockchain as An Infrastructure in China

The idea of using blockchain to revamp cryptocurrency transaction and data storage is no longer exciting. After years of test and development, blockchain has been applied to different aspects of our society, including fields like finance, public health, agriculture...
The suspension of Instagram Kids and the exploitation of data 

The suspension of Instagram Kids and the exploitation of data 

On the 27th of September, the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri announced on the Instagram blog that the project by the name of Instagram Kids (a version of Instagram that was designed to be safe for tweens) had been paused, yet he stated that “building ‘Instagram Kids’ is still in their minds the right thing to do.” (Mosseri). This break has...
Has Facebook brought “The Truman Show” to the 21st century?

Has Facebook brought “The Truman Show” to the 21st century?

If we were to re-watch the 1998 movie “The Truman Show”, we would find many similarities with the world we live in today. Perhaps the most significant one is profiling people/users, surveilling them and collecting their data for various...
Mobility for all, data for all?

Mobility for all, data for all?

Dockless bike sharing companies like to brand themselves as providing convenient, accessible and affordable mobility service to the public, but they rarely mention the importance of data collection in their business. In his book The Data Revolution, Kitchin (2014,...
Big Brother is -still- watching you

Big Brother is -still- watching you

Big data is everywhere. This term has been widely discussed on ​​television studio sets, during political debates, on lunch tables, online conversations. But what exactly constitutes big data, why is it “subjective”, and why does it pose an ethical...
The HTTP Cookie Monster: Internet Privacy Concerns and Social Awareness of Data Protection

The HTTP Cookie Monster: Internet Privacy Concerns and Social Awareness of Data Protection

In their article titled, “A Reality Check(list) for Digital Methods”, Venturini et al. present the compelling argument that the collection, analysis, and exchange of “Big Data” has become increasingly prevalent within media environments, consequently altering the nature of online spaces (Venturini,...
<strong>FAKE ACCOUNTS ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS MAY RUIN YOUR RESEARCH. THIS IS HOW.</strong>

FAKE ACCOUNTS ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS MAY RUIN YOUR RESEARCH. THIS IS HOW.

INTRODUCTION Using data from digital platforms to produce knowledge is booming in academic circles (Boyd  & Crawford, 2012). It is an advantage afforded by the internet and various media on it. However, with the opportunity comes risks. One of...
Visual vernaculars, Brad Troemel and the Instagram Infographic Industrial Complex

Visual vernaculars, Brad Troemel and the Instagram Infographic Industrial Complex

Brad Troemel and the Instagram Infographic Industrial Complex Brad Troemel is an American artist whose work belongs to the ‘post-internet art’ movement. Concerned with the implications of digital culture, Troemel has been reappropriating digital practices within pop culture to...
Nisam Tražila: How Facebook Affordances reinforce Marginalization

Nisam Tražila: How Facebook Affordances reinforce Marginalization

Twitter and Facebook are credited with providing the infrastructure for a new wave of DIY activism. Rosemary Clark-Parson and Jessa Lingel highlight the power dynamics involved in researching these marginalized groups and movements in ‘Margins as Methods, Margins as...
Data collection and privacy leak in China during the Covid-19

Data collection and privacy leak in China during the Covid-19

Measures of data collection and management taken by China during the Covid-19 have caused a lot of controversies. At the beginning of the epidemic, people from Wuhan were asked to register personal information on excels when traveling to other...

‘Margins as Methods’- TikTok as a tool to implement its users into research

When doing research, the issue of ethics has gained more and more recognition in the academic field over the past years. In their text “Margins as Methods, Margins as Ethics: A Feminist Framework for Studying Online Alterity”, Clark-Parsons and...
Infrastructure the E-waste

Infrastructure the E-waste

I attempted to establish a link between infrastructure and problematic e-waste to tour and document its contemporary impact. On the one hand, e-waste contributes to the growing inequality of the ecological and economic environment worldwide. On the other...

Reflections on the application of big data: Is big data omnipotent? Do not superstitious about big data!

IBM defines big data as a term applied to data sets whose size or type is beyond the ability of traditional relational database to capture, manage and process the data with low latency and characteristics of big data include...
Virtual Reality and the future of Big Data

Virtual Reality and the future of Big Data

Abstract As we sift through endless amounts of big data from social media, a new form of media is creeping up on us: virtual reality (VR). One of the biggest players in the industry is Oculus, who is owned...
The Questionable Ethics of r/HermanCainAward

The Questionable Ethics of r/HermanCainAward

The subreddit documenting COVID deaths, r/HermanCainAward, has recently garnered some criticism for celebrating the deaths and misfortune of COVID skeptics, instead of being a platform that documents the dangers of misinformation. Judging the subreddit through the lens of academical...

Is “the U.S.A most racist town” racist? (Or is it the Visual Media that wants you to think so?)

Abstract One of the functions of New Visual Media is rendering representation of places through online imageries. These images establish and reinforce audiences’ awareness alongside the perception of a particular location without requiring physicalinteraction with spaces. However, from a critical...
Running for Research

Running for Research

Contextualizing Research Based on Strava Metro Data In December 2020, the exercise tracking service Strava released their annual data report, confirming in numbers that the COVID-19 pandemic had changed people’s workout habits.  Forced to spend more time at home,...
Hiding Behind a Choice: The New Digital Divide the ‘Find My’ App Shows Us

Hiding Behind a Choice: The New Digital Divide the ‘Find My’ App Shows Us

In the age of data capitalism in which our sensitive information is of economic value, it is important to critically examine Big Data and the practices that are used to collect it. In their work ‘Critical Questions for Big...