Between digital democratization and securitization: Looking into the politics and aesthetics of digital authoritarianism and protest in the Global South

This post was written by Julienne Weegels, Yatun Sastramidjaja and Luisa Gonzalez Valencia as part of the GDC-funded project “P(R)OTESTAS: The politics and aesthetics of digital authoritarianism and protest in the Global South”   Although there are significant parallels to be found in digitally-mediated protests and digital authoritarianism across different regions in the Global South,…

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A Space for Arab Digital Cultures

This post was written by Tasniem Anwar and Nermin Elsherif as part of the GDC-funded project “Social Media after the Arab Uprisings”.  A decade of social media platforms A decade ago, contentious and fluid conceptions of social media platforms dominated the discussions after the first wave of the Arab uprisings that emerged in Tunisia, Egypt,…

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EdTech platforms as infrastructural blackholes

This post by Vanessa Richter is part of our series “Global Digital Cultures in times of COVID-19”, written by students of the research master Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Online schooling seems to be the best and most obvious solution to the current predicament of ongoing school lockdowns. However, the best solution for…

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Political Microtargeting on Social Media in Diverse Democracies

This post was written by Ursula Daxecker and Stefania Milan as part of the GDC-funded project “Political Microtargeting on Social Media in Diverse Democracies”.  Digital platforms and mobile apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook have become important political tools in elections in the Global South. People increasingly receive political information online rather than through real-life…

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Crypto Art – The new kid on the block

This post was written by Monika Kackovic, Giovanni Colavizza Andrea Leiter as part of the GDC-funded project “Global digital art: Perspectives on categories, place, and economic value in the crypto art market”.   Art markets are increasingly going digital and online sales have been growing. Perhaps the most innovative digital space is crypto art. Crypto art…

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Pandemic Memes and Zoom Fatigue

This post by Laura Schäfer is part of our series “Global Digital Cultures in times of COVID-19”, written by students of the research master Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. If you ever felt guilty laughing at Covid-19 and Zoom-Fatigue-related memes – do not be! Depression, anxiety, and tiredness are only part of a long…

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Deplatforming Politicians and the Implications for Europe

This post was written by Ronan Fahy, Judith Möller and Rocco Bellanova as part of the GDC-funded project “Digital Platforms and the Digitisation of Expression and Surveillance“.   Global digital platforms deplatforming prominent politicians has brought widespread public attention to the “unchecked power” these platforms have over online freedom of expression. Some companies, in an…

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