Algorithms and Inequality: How Camming Sites Work
The exact details remain sketchy. All we know is that at some point on 3 April 1996, a young American student by the name of Jennifer Ringley ushered in a new phase in the then nascent Internet revolution. Supposedly, Ringley didn’t really know what to do with the small web camera she bought at a local library. Bored and curious, she eventually decided to hook it up to her computer and open up her private life to the public. In the years that followed, her website, JenniCam, would end up attracting millions of viewers who would pay to watch Ringley act out her life in real-time: from the mundane to the sexually provocative to the outright explicit. By the time JenniCam went down in 2003, lifecasting, or webcamming as it would later become known, had become a thoroughly established Internet phenomenon.
The rise and success of economic sanctions
The use of economic sanctions continues to rise around the globe. ‘While democracy and liberal institutions have led to the decline of war, they paradoxically have also triggered the rise of economic coercion as a new way to exercise power in international relations,’ political scientist Dawid Walentek concludes in his PhD thesis on the rise and success of economic sanctions.
Three ACES affiliates receive ERC Starting Grant
ACES affiliates Thijs Bol, Imke Harbers and Kristina Krause have received an ERC Starting Grant. A Starting Grant is a personal grant of about €1.5 million and provides research support to talented researchers for a period of five years.
Eight UvA researchers receive ERC Starting Grants
The European Research Council (ERC) has this year awarded Starting Grants to eight UvA researchers. The laureates are: Thijs Bol, Janna Cousijn, Efstratios Gavves, Imke Harbers, Kristine Krause, Sanne Kruikemeier, Boris Noordenbos and Damian Trilling. Their projects are respectively about: labour market change and careers, youth alcohol and cannabis use, expectational visual artificial intelligence, undocumented citizens, care relocation, microtargeting and digital influence, conspiracy theories in Eastern Europe, and feedback loops in news consumption.
Online lecture series: Decolonising Europe part 2
ACES launches the second part of its online lecture series Decolonising Europe. Starting 23 September, five bi-weekly panel sessions will be organised (four on Wednesday, one on Thursday afternoon) at which broad themes on decoloniality, methodologies, and knowledge production will be discussed. Some sessions will be conceptual in character, bringing the decolonial debates to a broad academic audience. Other sessions zoom in on specific topics that serve as thematic discussions of decolonising and decentering knowledge and research in a European context. The series is convened by Beste İşleyen and Tasniem Anwar, UvA Department of Political Science.
Kick-off: Global Digital Cultures
On Friday, October 2, 2020, the University of Amsterdam will launch its new research priority area ‘Global Digital Cultures’ (GDC). Researchers and students from all faculties at the UvA are warmly invited to this online event. There will be a keynote speech by Louise Amoore (Durham University) as well as breakout sessions and information on new seed funding for interdisciplinary research and events.
GDC Webinar Series 2020
Digitization is transforming cultural practices around the world, from friendship, intimacy and sexual relations, to the construction, targeting, and surveillance of publics. Digital platforms and mobile apps have rapidly become central to the production, circulation, consumption, and monetization of culture. Global Digital Cultures critically explores these developments from a broad interdisciplinary perspective. These Webinars will kick off the conversation about Global Digital Cultures at the University of Amsterdam and beyond.