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Data Visualization: A Case Study of Information is Beautiful Awards

Data Visualization: A Case Study of Information is Beautiful Awards

By Qianyu Feng, Dania Awin, Marta Espuny, Kirsten Hartman Intro & conceptualization. Living in a data-driven world, data visualization is becoming more and more relevant. Developed from scientific visualization, information visualization gained its popularity in the 2000s with the...
The Personalization – Privacy Paradox of the Meditation App Balance 

The Personalization – Privacy Paradox of the Meditation App Balance 

Meditation has been practiced for more than 5000 years, but the last decade people have started meditating with the help of their smartphones. With the arrival of the internet people progressively are sharing and seeking help for their mental...
Resonoo and the Music Industry: could this be a gateway to standardized music?

Resonoo and the Music Industry: could this be a gateway to standardized music?

It is no secret that behind any successful artist is not only a team of production professionals but also a flock of editors, publicists, marketers and sound engineers along with others. The new AI-driven start-up Resonoo has understood that...
How Disney brings a lightsaber into the arena of streaming wars

How Disney brings a lightsaber into the arena of streaming wars

We are all too familiar with the ‘endless scroll’, the phenomena that comes into play whenever we decide to entertain ourselves by watching a film or series. If you are not watching by yourself and you have a companion...
Raving to Algorithmic Beats:  The Hacker Class in Search of Novelty

Raving to Algorithmic Beats: The Hacker Class in Search of Novelty

The interest of the hacker class lies first and foremost in the free expansion of the vectors of communication, culture and knowledge around the globe…Only when free to express itself through the exploration and combination of any and every...
Can we trust apps to solve our problems? SuperBetter – promises to improve overall conditions of health

Can we trust apps to solve our problems? SuperBetter – promises to improve overall conditions of health

Are you suffering from stress and anxiety, are you feeling a little down or did you just have a bad day? Among the vast amount of apps available, there is an app that can “unleash your heroic potential” and...
Framing AlphaZero: An infrastructural approach to A.I.

Framing AlphaZero: An infrastructural approach to A.I.

Man V.S. Machine It was in May 1997 when world champion chess player Garri Kasparov lost the now infamous chess match to IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. Deep Blue was considered the first artificial intelligence program to win a chess...
Android 10, privacy and digital wellbeing

Android 10, privacy and digital wellbeing

Google released, on 3 September 2019, the new version of its mobile operating system, Android 10, for now only available for selected smartphones. This update, “powered by on-device machine learning”, includes new features, among which are the dark theme,...
Video Assisted Refereeing in Football: The False Idol of Mechanical Objectivity

Video Assisted Refereeing in Football: The False Idol of Mechanical Objectivity

 “When phenomena are variously reduced to data, they are divided and classified, processes that work to obscure — or as if to obscure — ambiguity, conflict, and contradiction.” – Lisa Gitelman Finally, the pseudo-objectivist logic of Big Data has...
When platforms support emergency services: the case of Namola in South Africa.

When platforms support emergency services: the case of Namola in South Africa.

People are increasingly relying on technology to improve their everyday life, and new media like social media platforms are progressively providing a safe space for those in difficulty.  Smartphones have already proven to be a great medium when it...
“Dadfindboy”: How activists in Hong Kong are hijacking state tools of surveillance

“Dadfindboy”: How activists in Hong Kong are hijacking state tools of surveillance

Protesters in Hong Kong have flipped a tool of government surveillance on its head, transforming it into an instrument of crowdsourced counter-surveillance. Here’s how a popular channel on the cloud-based messaging platform Telegram has reversed the invasive gaze of...
Fooling the deepfakes: How we can outsmart A.I. in pursuit of the truth

Fooling the deepfakes: How we can outsmart A.I. in pursuit of the truth

From innocuous face-swapping tools to perfectly realistic doctored footage of global leaders and personalities: Deepfake technology makes it all possible. The applications of this technology are seemingly endless, and the rate at which it is developing is mind-boggling, to...
Quantum supremacy is coming: What does it have to offer in communication?

Quantum supremacy is coming: What does it have to offer in communication?

Quantum computing is the now the fever of the mind. Needless to say, there is a huge effort to make powerful quantum computers and this used to be the stuff of university’s physics department. But you can see the potential...
Launchmetrics: the fortune-teller Fashion Week has been waiting for

Launchmetrics: the fortune-teller Fashion Week has been waiting for

Has Fashion Week become irrelevant? The question hangs in the air this month as magazine editors are replaced with Instagram influencers and exclusivity is lost to live streams at the fashion shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris....
A bridge between worlds – Robots as a physical platform for the digital

A bridge between worlds – Robots as a physical platform for the digital

Robots – gimmick or game changer? The current picture one has, when the words “robot” or “robotics” are dropped, can vary widely. While most would probably imagine either Science-fiction-like, humanoid beings or simplistic and gimmicky robots that are commercially...
Surfing on the free trial wave – New app cancels free trials by the end of subscription period.

Surfing on the free trial wave – New app cancels free trials by the end of subscription period.

A new feature within the DoNotPay app launched this September and promises to cancel free trials before they run out and cost customers a lot of money. In a world in which streaming- and subscription services have become part...
Will you find your next #1 Hit via Instagram? How the app’s new feature ‘Clips’ could make TikTok obsolete.

Will you find your next #1 Hit via Instagram? How the app’s new feature ‘Clips’ could make TikTok obsolete.

Funny clips, a lot of laughter, number-one hits and challenges with friends - That sounds very refreshing in times of self-presentation on social media platforms, such as Instagram. No wonder, TikTok became so popular and took over the music...
iPhone 11 Memes – Online Discourse in Digital Cultures

iPhone 11 Memes – Online Discourse in Digital Cultures

Apple has recently revealed its latest iPhone at their keynote event in the Steve Jobs Theater in California. The new iPhone 11 offers some new and interesting features, and marks a bold new look for its already iconic design....
MyFitnessPal or MyFitness-Prosecutor?

MyFitnessPal or MyFitness-Prosecutor?

We have all been there on New Years Day, thinking about our new years resolutions and the first one that most people think about is “get more active” or “lose some of the Christmas weight”. The health and wellness...
Power to the People (or not?): Twitter allows its users to hide responses

Power to the People (or not?): Twitter allows its users to hide responses

In 1996 John P. Barlow wrote his piece ‘A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace’. In this text Barlow refers to cyberspace as a whole new world without government regulations nor limitations. Barlow addresses a world in which anyone...
Forest at Fingertips – Making Every day an Earth Day!

Forest at Fingertips – Making Every day an Earth Day!

I can still remember that my high school teacher drives us to the suburb on Arbor Day to plant a tree, spending all day long to teach students a lesson of the importance of environmental protection. We couldn’t imagine...

What’s in the box? Kiwibot and the platform economy

Cute white boxes ride around trendy city streets. A bespectacled young man orders a nice burger with his iPhone, sitting behind his space grey Macbook air. The new-age delivery men ride along on four wheels, delivering anything and everything...
Keep Calm and Carry on

Keep Calm and Carry on

Digital media has provided our society with endless amounts of information and previously unimaginable connectivity; however, this comes with the cost of constant distractions that have become overwhelming to the everyday user. From texts, to emails, to push notifications...
Amazon Prime Air – convenience, surveillance and more from your “friendly” ecosystem

Amazon Prime Air – convenience, surveillance and more from your “friendly” ecosystem

“The pleasure of consumerism is so widespread that it is has reached the status of a universal human right” (Lovink 4). But for a right like that to exist, others had to fall – such as individual and collective...