Rethinking Informational Privacy in the Datafication Age (Part 1)

The notions of personal information and privacy have often been addressed as intertwined, as tightly connected concepts where one constrains the other. That is, current theories and discussions of informational privacy are closely related to a specific notion of personal information, with privacy being conceptualized as one’s ability to control the access to one’s personal information. In…

Media activism and the public sphere (Part 2)

In Part 1, I have described the main concepts central to the public sphere and digital networks. Part 2 analyzes how the civic tech activist groups’ practices and imaginaries can offer useful insights into constructing the public sphere. In the conclusion, I will suggest the agendas for further study of the public sphere from the media and…

Media activism and the public sphere (Part 1)

The public sphere conceptualized by Jürgen Habermas concerns the relation between mass media and association in public space. It has important implications for our democratic developments and political transformations. The great virtue of the public sphere idea is that it calls our attention to critical reflection on the role of the media in social communication….

The perks of software development outsourcing jobs

In recent years Vietnam has emerged as a dynamic destination for software development outsourcing in Asia due to the increasing number of young Vietnamese software engineers and lower labour costs compared to other IT outsourcing countries, i.e. India, China and the Philippines (Gallaugher and Stoller 3; Phan 7; Shillabeer 159-160). According to a research report…

Rethinking freedom in the algorithmic age

How was your life this year? Do you want to reflect on it? Do you want to look back at what you have achieved or lost this year? Some of us might want to do that but I believe many have moments they do not want to relive. While they have the right to do…

Publicism: Breaking the chains of press censorship and surveillance

MEDIA FREEDOM IS INCREASINGLY FRAGILE The 2017 World Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters without Border (RSF), shows that media freedom is increasingly threatened not only in authoritarian regimes but also in democratic countries. For example, the Netherlands (5th) has dropped three places in this year’s index. New Zealand (13th) has fallen eight. Croatia (74th)…

Review “Conceptualising forums and blogs as public sphere” by Thomas Poell (2009)

Here is my short summary and reflection on Poell, T. (2009). Conceptualizing forums and blogs as public spheres. In Digital Material: Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology, edited by van den Boomen, M., Lammes, S., Lehmann, A.-S., Raessens, J., Schäfer, M. T. 239-251. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. Written on 23 March 2017. The…