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How to Give up the I-Word, Pt. 1 Sep 22, 2014

This is the first part of a two-part essay, which I originally presented at conferences in the spring of 2014. Part two will be posted tomorrow. The full version of the essay, which I’m happy to share with anyone interested, … Continue reading

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Fighting for Which Future? When Google Met Wikileaks Sep 18, 2014

In the summer of 2011, in the midst of the Cablegate affair (the leaking of some 250,000 diplomatic cable transmission between the US State Department and American embassies by WikiLeaks), at a time of far-reaching changes in the regimes of … Continue reading

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Facebook’s algorithm — why our assumptions are wrong, and our concerns are right Jul 4, 2014

Many of us who study new media, whether we do so experimentally or qualitatively, our data big or small, are tracking the unfolding debate about the Facebook “emotional contagion” study, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academies of … Continue reading

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Adding the bling: The role of social media data intermediaries May 7, 2014

Last month, Twitter announced the acquisition of Gnip, one of the main sources for social media data—including Twitter data. In my research I am interested in the politics of platforms and data flows in the social web and in this … Continue reading

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Institutional Alzheimers: A Culture of Secrecy and the Opacity of #GAMEDEV Work Feb 21, 2014

[Cross Posted at Gamasutra] Yesterday, Todd Harper (@laevantine) tweeted a reflection on several other blog posts responding to recent news that Irrational Games was closing. I like that both @leighalexander and @BRKeogh‘s pieces on Irrational highlight the intense opacity of … Continue reading

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