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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....
“Grassroots Maptivism”: Mapping Feminist Movements Around the World

“Grassroots Maptivism”: Mapping Feminist Movements Around the World

The virtual space has become the preferred place to demand for change. There are several examples of such movements from all over the world – Occupy Wall Street, The Arab Spring, #BlackLivesMatter, #NiUnaMenos #15-M Movement. With over 4 billion...
Reality Slap Plugin: You Never Know When It Hits You

Reality Slap Plugin: You Never Know When It Hits You

With the number of Tweets, Facebook statuses, Instagram pictures and Stories many users share on a daily basis, we think it can be exhausting to keep track of the wide-ranging visibility a single post can have. With a public...
EcoScanner: Self-tracking Sustainability

EcoScanner: Self-tracking Sustainability

Piloting the EcoScanner: A Self-tracking Solution to Sustainability   Annika Heinemeyer, Daniel Jurg, Molly Doell, Ziwen Tang   Abstract Modern consumers are using apps to track all types of behavior (sleep, running, eating etc.). But while there are some...
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...
Red, Greyscale, Blue: Mapping Colour Intensity against Political Bias in News Media

Red, Greyscale, Blue: Mapping Colour Intensity against Political Bias in News Media

In a world where mainstream media outlets are increasingly being bought by tech corporations, fake news sites might sway elections, and supporters of different political viewpoints rarely read sources with opinions that differ to their own, it is important...
Trigger Block: A plug-in making online life easier for people living with mental illness

Trigger Block: A plug-in making online life easier for people living with mental illness

18.5% of Americans experience mental illness in a given year (National Institute of Mental Health). With this percentage increasing throughout the years, one can wonder if the online world could bring comfort for those suffering with mental illness. To...
Game of Fakes: An Entertaining Approach to Analyzing How Awareness of Fake News Affects Trust in News Media

Game of Fakes: An Entertaining Approach to Analyzing How Awareness of Fake News Affects Trust in News Media

‘Fake news’: to Donald Trump, it’s a well-loved, catch-all phrase for the mainstream news media, but to scholars and politicians, it’s a trend of great concern. Fake news, and dis-, mis-, and mal-information is becoming harder for the average...
Bubble Trouble – Venture Out of Your Filter Bubbles

Bubble Trouble – Venture Out of Your Filter Bubbles

The world we live in today has been bestowed with epithets such as fake news era, post-truth world and misinformation society in the press as well as academic literature. These discussions call attention to how the news we encounter...
“Hidden Cost”: Social Commerce Practices and the Collaboration between Snapchat and Amazon

“Hidden Cost”: Social Commerce Practices and the Collaboration between Snapchat and Amazon

In an era when S-commerce (social commerce) is dominating digital environments, social media platforms use more and more tools to achieve this combination of commercial and social activities. Like Instagram and Pinterest, now Snapchat jumped onto this trend and...
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,...
Swiping Right vs. Finding Mr. Right: Facebook Attempts to Reinvent Online Dating

Swiping Right vs. Finding Mr. Right: Facebook Attempts to Reinvent Online Dating

Online dating is becoming an integral part of how people meet each other. According to Pew Research Center, nearly all age groups show a higher percentage of usage of online dating in 2015 compared to 2013 (Smith and Anderson n.pag.)....
Matteo Salvini and the potentials of Facebook live-stream

Matteo Salvini and the potentials of Facebook live-stream

Politicians are among the most affected by the breaking of live-stream services in social networks: this new communication has opened up uncharted ways to interact with supporters. Matteo Salvini, the most influential representative of European far-right populism, has developed...
Wingman: a true matchmaker or another step away from a social society?

Wingman: a true matchmaker or another step away from a social society?

The typical love stories you mostly hear from your parents or their friends are getting distinct. Nowadays, a lot of the relationships between humans emerge via online dating, and amongst the younger generation, via dating apps such as Tinder,...
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...
Qutoutiao: Make Digital Reading More “Valuable”

Qutoutiao: Make Digital Reading More “Valuable”

With 48.8 million “employees”,Qutoutiao Inc. (means “fun headlines”), a two-year old mobile-news company becomes one of the biggest news and video aggregator in China. Being available at application stores since Jun. 2016, the number of Qutoutiao’s users has witnessed...
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...