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Am I—Reflections on the search recommendations, algorithmic identity and the datafied subject

Am I—Reflections on the search recommendations, algorithmic identity and the datafied subject

“The endless, continuously updated streams of information online are selected, processed and made available through recommendations calculated by complex algorithms. Am I explores how these algorithmic recommendations shape our everyday existence – and both reflect as shape our sense...
Monetization on Twitch: Investigating the Relationship Between Audience, Creator and Content

Monetization on Twitch: Investigating the Relationship Between Audience, Creator and Content

The social and interactive nature of web 2.0 (O’Reilly) and new media platforms provide a sense of freedom for users to produce or consume content according to their preferences. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube have, over the...
Free as in ‘labor’, not as in ‘movement’: Google’s Local Guides and Gamifying Digital Maps

Free as in ‘labor’, not as in ‘movement’: Google’s Local Guides and Gamifying Digital Maps

In the past few years, tourism has hit an all-time high across the globe. With decreasing costs of transportation and travel, more and more countries are seeing unprecedented numbers of visitors. By May 2018, Turkey had received 11.8 million tourists,...
Do the Robot: A critical alternative to gendered humanistic virtual assistants

Do the Robot: A critical alternative to gendered humanistic virtual assistants

“Alexa, how deep is the ocean?”, “Alexa play some music!”, “Alexa, call the plumber!” Mundane tasks such as making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, and searching for weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information are all outsourceable in...
Culture, Art & Digitisation

Culture, Art & Digitisation

Being art lovers, we’re always looking for what’s new in the world of art. This led us to an article about L’Atelier des Lumieres in Paris which is exhibiting the works of Gustav Klimt in a digitally immersive manner....
Empowered by Data: Streaming Platforms Becoming Media Distributors

Empowered by Data: Streaming Platforms Becoming Media Distributors

                        Introduction Media streaming platforms have transformed traditional media industries and continue to do so. Netflix successfully started their own in-house production company based on insights from their...
Did you see Trump’s Tweet today: Consumption of Information on Twitter and birth of TweetCheck

Did you see Trump’s Tweet today: Consumption of Information on Twitter and birth of TweetCheck

With the constant evolution of new media, people are offered with more options on how to inform themselves on the current situation in the world. As Arkaitz Zubiaga et al. note, ‘while social media have become mainstream, as shown...
Data after Death: Shaping Our Human Identity and the Construction of the Self through Our Digital Footprint

Data after Death: Shaping Our Human Identity and the Construction of the Self through Our Digital Footprint

If you could talk to someone you have lost one more time, would you? If you could, would you preserve your parent’s memories, so your future children could talk to them? Whatever reasons you might have for your answer,...
The contradictory internet user

The contradictory internet user

  Abstract  In this paper I want to state that the contemporary media user is acting in two distinct ways. In order to illustrate this I analyzed two different apps ExpressVPN and Cammeleon that both focuses   on securing...
Influencer marketing: #Transparency over #ad

Influencer marketing: #Transparency over #ad

In other parts of the world it is already a well-established marketing technique; celebrity’s being paid to tweet, or post on Facebook and Instagram. However in “down to earth” Netherlands, this trend has just recently began to emerge. Social...
Online to Offline, Customers Have Nowhere to Hide —A New Targeting Technology via Wifi on Mobile Devices

Online to Offline, Customers Have Nowhere to Hide —A New Targeting Technology via Wifi on Mobile Devices

Have you ever received the promotion advertisements from some brands? The answer for most of us probably is: yes. Based on customers’ preferences, retailers offer the information of their upcoming products by the eye-catching advertisements. However, have you ever...
Can we leave the social problems to algorithm?

Can we leave the social problems to algorithm?

Which kind of tech startups can value the most in the shortest time? Which kind of tech companies can take a share of the profits in the fiercely-competitive Chinese internet market? If you take reaching a valuation of about...
There is Power in a Union!

There is Power in a Union!

Earlier this year, riders for food delivery services UberEats and Deliveroo went on strike, contesting the companies’ decision to move from contracts to subcontracting their employees (Van Unen). This would exempt the companies from paying taxes over their employees’...
The case of Landr: will AI affect music production creativity?

The case of Landr: will AI affect music production creativity?

As AI-based technology has already slowly entered in many sectors of our digitally reshaped world, correspondingly it is increasingly being employed also in different fields of music production. (Fiebrink and Caramiaux, 2) The most popular of its applications is...
Looking behind the shiny, shiny lights – The tremendous rise of DOOH Advertising

Looking behind the shiny, shiny lights – The tremendous rise of DOOH Advertising

Looking behind the shiny, shiny lights – The tremendous rise of DOOH Advertising Imagine walking around Amsterdam Centraal Station during the day. Feel the eyes of strangers coveting you, hear the sounds of the multiple vehicles whizzing by, see...
Immortal Digital Existence

Immortal Digital Existence

In our current information society and digital media culture, the stories, images, voices and traces we leave behind, construct the narrative of who we are. Our identity has become synonymous with our online data. Digital media empowers us. However,...
The Death of the Meme: Article 13 and what this means for the internet

The Death of the Meme: Article 13 and what this means for the internet

On the 12th of September 2018, the European Parliament voted on a version of an EU copyright directive, namely the The European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Two articles are currently stirring up controversy, one...
From Cable TV to IGTV: The media might indeed be the message.

From Cable TV to IGTV: The media might indeed be the message.

Abstract –  Instagram’s new application, IGTV brings about a change in how we consume media. Will it act as a replacement for platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo or Snapchat sending them out of business? IGTV also raises questions about...
C´mon Apple, you as well!? – The iOS 12 Update will calculate your trust score

C´mon Apple, you as well!? – The iOS 12 Update will calculate your trust score

September has been an important month for Apple so far. The new iPhones have launched and the new iOS update has managed to overshadow the excitement of many Apple fans. One month ago, Facebook demonstrated a new way of...
Technology in the Workplace, Slack and Privacy Issues

Technology in the Workplace, Slack and Privacy Issues

(Figure 1, Screenshot of Slack website page. Source: Slack, 2018)   1)- Technology in the Workplace: “As innovations in technology continue to proliferate, employees working in the modern workplace have access to an ever-increasing number of new technologies” (Swaya...
Accept all Cookies

Accept all Cookies

When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in the European Union in May 2018, its biggest impact for me as a web user was the scores of GDPR emails in my inbox and cookie consent requests...
“Can I Read Your Diary?”

“Can I Read Your Diary?”

Meditation apps, fitness apps, water intake apps, calorie count apps, menstrual cycle apps and, as of recently, journaling apps – all too popular, but the repercussions of data transparency online are rarely acknowledged.   An ongoing trend   Becoming...
Is Blockchain Technology on the Verge of Revolutionising Our Lives?

Is Blockchain Technology on the Verge of Revolutionising Our Lives?

  Blockchain technology was originally created by Satoshi Nakamoto back in 2008 as the platform to power the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. While Bitcoin has been widely known for a number of years, it is the technology behind it that is...
Are we ready to accept an AI judge?

Are we ready to accept an AI judge?

Nowadays we live in an automated world full of algorithms that are shaping our actions and affecting our decisions by the use of predictive models of Artificial Intelligence (AI). We might feel okay by being “helped” to decide what...