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“There is a political and ethical component to data.”

“Data and algorithms offer many possibilities, but they are not neutral. What you analyse, which algorithms you build, the data you use and what for, these are political and ethical choices. Policy makers are insufficiently aware of this. Furthermore, basic knowledge of data literacy is absolutely necessary for local politicians.” That’s what the Dutch data…

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Datafication and Colonialism: A Short Review by Dennis Jansen

Review of “The Emerging Social Order of Data Colonialism: Why Critical Social Theory still Matters!” by prof. dr. Nick Couldry at Utrecht University, 12 June 2019 It is undeniable that the increasing datafication of both Western and non-Western societies involves profound changes in our political and socioeconomic structures, but how should we understand those changes?…

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Watch lecture Nick Couldry: The Emerging Social Order of Data Colonialism

On 12 June the Datafied Society and the Centre for Humanities hosted the lecture The Emerging Social Order of Data Colonialism: Why Critical Social Theory Still Matters! with Prof. Nick Couldry (London School of Economics and Political Science). The event was moderated by Prof. José van Dijck. Repondents were Prof. mr. Janneke Gerards, Dr Koen…

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Doing a systematic review/meta analysis on fuzzy phenomena

Maranke Wieringa (d.d. 4 June 2019) Meta analyses or systematic literature reviews are taken to be the golden standard for assessing the collective knowledge on a particular topic. While frequently employed within the social and natural sciences, they are hard to put into practice in the Humanities, which do not often have strictly controlled experiments…

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Governing the Digital Society is a new focus area at Utrecht University

One of the four newly identified focus areas at Utrecht University is Governing the Digital Society. Focus areas interdisciplinarily address research objects of societal relevance and develop novel ways of scientific inquiry. The four new focus areas will receive a total of 1,6 million Euro funding for the period September 2019 to August 2023. Big…

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Governing the Digital Society is a new focus area at Utrecht University

One of the four newly identified focus areas at Utrecht University is Governing the Digital Society. Focus areas interdisciplinarily address research objects of societal relevance and develop novel ways of scientific inquiry. The four new focus areas will receive a total of 1,6 million Euro funding for the period September 2019 to August 2023. Big…

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Meet interns Rosemarij & Kirsten #projectkroncrv

We are Rosemarij Zeeman and Kirsten Leufkens, and both of us started the master’ s programme New Media and Digital Culture this year. Rosemarij with a background in communication and information sciences and Kirsten in interdisciplinary social sciences. This makes for a great and interesting collaboration, in which we can use our knowledge to complement…

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Meet intern Melissa #gabproject

My name is Melissa Blekkenhorst. After finishing the Bachelor Media & Culture, I started the Master New Media & Digital Culture. As an intern of the UDS, I am joining the Gab project. This project focuses on the fringe platform Gab, which is a Twitter alternative that advocates free speech and has become popular among…

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Meet intern Ruud #projectkroncrv

My name is Ruud Dielen, intern at Utrecht Data School and student of the master New Media & Digital Culture at Utrecht University. After a bachelor in Media & Culture, with a focus on television, game and new media studies, I applied for the internship position at the research project commissioned by the KRO-NCRV. Within…

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Meet intern Mauricio #gabproject

My name is Mauricio Salazar Landeros, and I’m part of the MA in New Media and Digital Culture at Utrecht University. In February, I got an internship at the Utrecht Data School as part of the Gab Project. Currently, there is limited theory from scholars on the fringe platform and even less data-driven research; this…

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