Global boss, local workers? Investigating algorithmic imaginaries and practices of UberEats workers in Amsterdam, Milan and Buenos Aires

This post was written by Davide Beraldo, Letizia Chiappini and Giovanni Rossetti as part of the GDC-funded project “Global boss, local workers? How context influences food delivery riders’ relation to platforms (GLOBLOW)” The surreal staticity of semi-deserted streets interrupted by bicycles sporting a universally recognizable brand. In the context of lockdown and curfew measures, this has…

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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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Cultural Diversity in the Age of Global Digital Media: The Case of Netflix in the Netherlands

This post was written by Daphne Rena Idiz as part of the GDC-funded project “Cultural Diversity in the Age of Global Digital Media: the Case of Netflix in the Netherlands”.  In 2018, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos stated that the multinational video-on-demand (VOD) company was “committed to being a voice for European entertainment […]…

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Global Digital Inequalities

You can now watch the full seminar on “Global Digital Inequalities”, featuring Nishant Shah and Padmini Ray Murray How does digitisation reshape the distribution of cultural, economic, and political resources around the globe? Over the past decades, this has been a central question in activist, scholarly, and policy debate. In this webinar, feminist technologist Nishant Shah…

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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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