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What if Google and Facebook decided to leave your country?

Large tech companies like Google and Facebook have significant power in the digital media landscapes of countries around the world, and it can sometimes be hard to imagine what online life would be like without them. This article is a contribution from the participants on a panel organised by the Amsterdam-based AI, Media and Democracy Lab which …

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Opinion piece on news media’s dependency on big tech by Theresa Seipp

Theresa Seipp wrote an opinion piece on news media’s dependency on big tech. In this op-ed she explains the lessons Europe should learn from Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code and Facebook’s reaction to it, but also why Europe needs to act to break up the dependency and facilitate media independence, innovation and funding. Read the …

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New publication about the manipulative potential of digital health environments by Marijn Sax

Marijn’s article on manipulation and for-profit health apps has been published in Ethics and Information Technology. In the article, Marijn provides a working definition of manipulation and  evaluates key characteristics of the digital health environments that for-profit health apps provide to their users. Although most health apps promise to empower their users, Marijn concludes that …

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New article by ICDS researchers on perceptions towards GDPR

Team members Joanna Strycharz, Jef Ausloos and Natali Helberger recently published a new paper titled: Data Protection or Data Frustration? Individual perceptions and attitudes towards the GDPR. The paper examines individual reactions to the GDPR in order to provide insights into user agency in relation to the Regulation. More specifically, it discusses empirical data (survey …

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Experts: “Apps have an impact on more than (data) privacy alone”

“Surveillance is permanent in its effects, even if it is discontinuous in its action.” – Michel Foucault   In a letter last week, over 55 scientists and experts (and counting), including Natali Helberger and Claes de Vreese, expressed their concerns about the Corona apps to the Dutch government. In their letter, they urge the government …

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Daar is een app voor…

Door Natali Helberger¹ & Claes de Vreese² Tijdens de persconferentie afgelopen dinsdag kondigde Minister De Jonge aan dat een centraal element van de exitstrategie om uit de ‘intelligente lockdown’ te komen uit twee apps gaat bestaan. Eén app die waarschuwt indien je in de buurt bent gekomen van mensen besmet met het COVID-19 virus en een …

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