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AR – the Way to Go When Art is Lost in a Fire?

AR – the Way to Go When Art is Lost in a Fire?

The inferno that recently destroyed over 90% of Brazil’s National Museum’s collection has once again shown how ephemeral physical objects are. In order to preserve cultural heritage museums generate digital archives, but what about exhibiting lost art? Is augmented...
CareAI: A Solution for African Healthcare?

CareAI: A Solution for African Healthcare?

The concept of artificial intelligence as we know it today first appeared in 1956, however, it was Leonardo Da Vinci who initially set the stage for the development of this field with his sketches of Robots (Hamet and Tremblay). Since...
From Instagramming to Insta Shopping: Is this the Future of Online Shopping?

From Instagramming to Insta Shopping: Is this the Future of Online Shopping?

  Online shopping is a term that we have known for a long time and with the digitalized progresses in the commerce sector the whole shopping experience is getting to a next level. So, what does shopping have to...
Facebook’s ‘Rosetta’ System: A Form of Safety Implementation or Data Exploitation?

Facebook’s ‘Rosetta’ System: A Form of Safety Implementation or Data Exploitation?

Facebook has announced its latest technological development, code-named Rosetta, which detects and recognizes texts in images, as well as videos. They claim that it’s for the benefit of the social network community because of the safety features it provides...
ProPublica is Re-Purposing Data for Social Reforms

ProPublica is Re-Purposing Data for Social Reforms

Whether you were scrolling through your Facebook news’ feed or simply reading tweets about the most recent political scandals, chances are you have been exposed to contradictory information, and even ‘fake news’. On the internet, anyone can spread dishonest...
For artists, or for itself? How Spotify’s artist app enhances the platform’s growth

For artists, or for itself? How Spotify’s artist app enhances the platform’s growth

Spotify now gives artists access to information about their listeners. This has been hailed as empowering by artists who use these insights to forge careers in an ever-changing industry. But why would Spotify want to share its data? Spotify...
Will Mind Control Devices Soon Make Us Loose Our Minds?

Will Mind Control Devices Soon Make Us Loose Our Minds?

Bionic brains What is the first thing that visually comes to mind when you hear the words, “mind control?” Do you picture a scene from a sci-fi film based in the distant future, an episode from Black Mirror, or...
Twitch.tv: A Socially Valuable Platform, or Just Another Amazon Revenue Stream?

Twitch.tv: A Socially Valuable Platform, or Just Another Amazon Revenue Stream?

Instagram influencers and YouTube vloggers have long been seen as the leaders in monetizing one’s online self. New to this scene are an entirely different cohort of digital money makers: those who profit as professional video gamers on live...
Possible ‘Alexa’ commands of the future: “ Home, tweet ‘Home’ ”

Possible ‘Alexa’ commands of the future: “ Home, tweet ‘Home’ ”

  The conceptual ‘Home of the Future’ (HoF) has been a curiosity and fixation for as long as technological design has existed. In 1967, a U.S. television special aired the conceptual design for ‘The Home of 2001’, which displayed now-standard...
Power according to Foucault

Power according to Foucault

Introduction This article gives a short overview about several concepts related to ‘power’ from 20th century French social theorist Michel Foucault. He was highly influenced by Jean Hyppolite and Louis Althusser. Foucault is both associated as a structuralist and...
Platform Capitalism: Democratic Subjectivity and the Democratic Surround

Platform Capitalism: Democratic Subjectivity and the Democratic Surround

Drawing on Fred Turner’s book “The Democratic Surround”, this blogpost will dive into what it means and where it originates. The main question of this book is: ‘Was there a mode of communication that could produce more democratic individuals?’...
Airbnb and the Experience Economy: the end of sharing?

Airbnb and the Experience Economy: the end of sharing?

Video: Introducing Airbnb Trips, Airbnb Airbnb Trips: the promise of an ‘easy’ and ‘magical’ stay booked alongside your Airbnb home. Launched in November 2017, Trips is Airbnb’s biggest and most significant development since its initiation eight years ago (Airbnb)....
Facebook’s new “two more big steps”. A responsible resolution or a surge for more self-regulation?

Facebook’s new “two more big steps”. A responsible resolution or a surge for more self-regulation?

Facebook has recently come under attack. Much can be written about the controversies that the social media platform is currently facing. Questionable subjects are, to name a few, tax evasion, live streaming of violence, the effects of social media...
Platform Capitalism: Neoliberalism and the Homo Economicus

Platform Capitalism: Neoliberalism and the Homo Economicus

In relation to the theme of neoliberalism, we chose to explore the creation of the homo-economicus and the factors that play into it: Both classical and neo-liberalism place importance on man as an economic subject. They both have a...
A Foucauldian Genealogy of Cybernetic Subjectivity

A Foucauldian Genealogy of Cybernetic Subjectivity

An overview of cybernetics, its production of subjects and key players and ideas that formed the cybernetic paradigm.
Platform Capitalism: Visualising The Postcapitalist Future

Platform Capitalism: Visualising The Postcapitalist Future

This visualisation is the end result of a fantasy scenario conducted in class where the goal was to create a postcapitalist utopia, complete with a democratically elected name, political party and laws. The game was designed to introduce ideas of...
Platform Capitalism: Conceptualising the ‘Social Factory’

Platform Capitalism: Conceptualising the ‘Social Factory’

  The core concepts outlined in this visualization relate to society from a post-marxist viewing point: autonomism. The ideas of the operaismo discerned from classical marxism and provided new readings of some of Marx’s famous works, particularly the Grundrisse....
The future of “rentism”

The future of “rentism”

This visualization is intended to give an overview of the concept of “Rentism” as it is discussed in the writings of 5 scholars: Joseph Stiglitz, Christian Marazzi, David Harvey, Thomas Piketty and Peter Frase. The visualization is a product...
Interventions on Nick Srnicek’s “Platform Capitalism”

Interventions on Nick Srnicek’s “Platform Capitalism”

A representation of the current platform capitalist culture.
“Google Bombs as a weapon in the hands of the counterpublics: The case of /r/fullcommunism”

“Google Bombs as a weapon in the hands of the counterpublics: The case of /r/fullcommunism”

During the mapping of the subreddit ‘full_communism’, a specific practice has been revealed, in which the community frequently engages with: Google bombs. Used by digital activists and counterpublics to demonstrate opposition, Google bombs can signify a new way of...
Uber, uber bad.

Uber, uber bad.

It seems that Uber, the global transportation technology company, is having issues with keeping itself out of trouble. Last year, Uber agreed to pay a fine of 20,000 USD as well as adopting a more stringent privacy practice after...
Winter is coming for Uber

Winter is coming for Uber

            V.S             Knockout or next round? All eyes towards the battle between the online platform Uber and London’s transport regulation system ‘TfL’. Employee conditions and security affairs triggered the next...

Call for Applications – MA in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam 2018-2019

One-year and two-year international Master’s programs in New Media available: MA Media Studies: New Media and Digital Culture (one year, full time) Research MA Media Studies: New Media and Digital Culture (two years, full time)   MA New Media...
Tagging onto #MeToo

Tagging onto #MeToo

Halleluja! Alyssa Milano was preaching to the choir with her tweet on october 15th 2017. As a young feminist that has experienced her share of harassment and patriarchal justifications, she could not have found a more receptive public. But...