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On Anonymous and Anonymity

Anonymous Hacktivist collective Anonymous gained notoriety in the late 2000s and early 2010s through a number of high-profile and highly effective campaigns against targets as varied as the Church of Scientology, Monsanto and the Bay Area Rapid Transit service, or in support of movements and organisations including the Arab Spring uprisings, Occupy and Wikileaks. WhilstContinue reading “On Anonymous and Anonymity”

Identity and Representation in Social Media Emojis

Since its inception, the role of the virtual social networks has evolved gradually. This evolution has contributed to changing the social fabric in terms of how we interact with our surroundings, and perceive and present our own identities. According to José van Dijck, over time, the role of the social networks has shifted from beingContinue reading “Identity and Representation in Social Media Emojis”

Deleuze & Data on the Loose

In the ‘Postscript on the Societies of Control’, philosopher Gilles Deleuze recognises an apparatus of control that penetrates society, moving forward from the societies of discipline coined by Michel Foucault. Foucault said that the individual passes from one enclosed environment to another, each having its own laws: first the family; then the school; then the barracks; thenContinue reading “Deleuze & Data on the Loose”

Can Wikipedia Save the World?

The unnerving rise of ‘fake news’ and digital manipulation has called into question how we evaluate truth. While political deception is far from new, the Internet permits ‘false’ or corrupting information to circulate with ease, threatening the ideals once promised by the World Wide Web at its launch: free-flowing knowledge, connectedness, and global understanding. However,Continue reading “Can Wikipedia Save the World?”

An ‘Infodemic’ as Dangerous as a Pandemic

Fake news and misinformation are not a novel phenomenon linked exclusively to coronavirus. Laclau (2005) defines fake news as “a floating signifier, used by different and opposing, antagonistic, hegemonic political projects as part of a battle to impose the “right” viewpoint onto the world” (Farkas and Schou 2018:302). In that sense, fake news is aContinue reading “An ‘Infodemic’ as Dangerous as a Pandemic”

Hate Speech, Fake News, and Whatsapp

Introduction: “Hate speech” or “extreme speech” are terms that can be heard daily around the world, but particularly, on many news channels in America. Hate speech is defined by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI, 2020) as “ …covering many forms of expressions which spread, incite, promote or justify hatred, violence, and discriminationContinue reading “Hate Speech, Fake News, and Whatsapp”

Lost in translation

Language serves as a measure of culture and inclusion in the world of Wikipedia. Yet this is trickier than we think.

“Wikipedia is not a reliable source!?”*

When we’re doing research, at some point we probably all land on this well-known platform called: Wikipedia. But each of the articles has a disclaimer that says that “the article published may not have accurate information completely.”

Is this true? And does this really exclude Wikipedia for academic research completely like it’s ususally suggested? Let’s find out!

AI and the media

There was a time when journalists knew their sources, personally. The day at a local newspaper would begin with a visit to the police station to look, with the chief inspector, through the list of crimes. That might be followed by a trip to the nearby fire and ambulance stations to do something similar. ThenContinue reading “AI and the media”

Human Rights Framework and AI Regulation: Transparency of AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a broad discipline in computer science that focuses on creating smart machines with the ability to do tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence. Ed Burns Nicole and Laskowski, notes that AI is the imitation of human intelligence to create computer systems and machines with the capacity to carry out intelligence conventionallyContinue reading “Human Rights Framework and AI Regulation: Transparency of AI”

Social Media, Performance, Identity and Resistance

Behind the Screens:  A Digital Debacle As the use of social media continues to rise in present time, individuals possess an active online presence where they are free to engage in “self-expression, communication and self-promotion.” (Dijck, 2013) It is interesting to observe the role and power of identity construction in this context. Users continue toContinue reading “Social Media, Performance, Identity and Resistance”

The Quantified Self Myth

The Quantified Self Movement refers to a method of self-tracking that makes use of wearables and technology to produce data on everyday activities, which can be used to make positive changes and become the best version of yourself. There are various fields that can be tracked and assessed like weight, sleeping patterns, cravings, mood andContinue reading “The Quantified Self Myth”

Algorithm Accountability: The Incoming Technocratic Age

Fake news, propaganda and questions about the credibility of information continue to cloud political and cultural developments that are shaping our world. Although fake news has always existed in one form or another, the current hype serves as a red herring that hides the deep political dysfunction in societies in the post-truth environment. The primaryContinue reading “Algorithm Accountability: The Incoming Technocratic Age”

AI and International Protection – Is “Good AI” Boring?

In between the dilemmas of freedom of expression and untrodden privacy issues, AI regulations have been widely argued among stakeholders. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)’s clear position to admit the past failure is showing us the complexity. “Domestic and international export control measures and corporate self-regulation have wholly failedContinue reading “AI and International Protection – Is “Good AI” Boring?”

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