Digital Identity at the Margins: Social Disadvantage and the Online Self

Digital identity means identifying and being identified. For those on the socioeconomic margins, the stakes of self-identification are higher, as are the stakes of being identified through digital means. In this presentation, I draw on primary and secondary research on the digital lives of groups such as the unhoused, refugees, racial and ethnic minorities, and … Read more

Will Marler

Will Marler is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Cognition at Tilburg University. His research centers on digital inequality with an emphasis on poverty, aging, mobility, and cities. Among other topics, his work explores the role of mobile phones and social platforms in shaping processes of social support and social capital in … Read more

“Online identities”: From anonymity to visibility and back again?

On the Chinese social media platform Xiaohongshu (Little Red Book), since 2023, many users have adopted the same username “momo” and the same profile picture featuring a cute pink dinosaur. This can be considered as a way to seek anonymity online. The exact homogeneity of the username and profile picture renders these users visually indistinguishable … Read more

Mingyi Hou

Dr. Mingyi Hou is an assistant professor of digital culture at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Her research interests include discourse analysis, online culture, celebrity and fandom, gender studies and public intellectual studies. Mingyi’s research explores the intersection of digital media, globalization and the transformation of modern Chinese culture.

We are all dividuals now. Algorithmic management in the gig economy

Platform companies like Uber and Deliveroo are often criticized for undercutting workers’ labour rights and bargaining position. By designating their workers as independent contractors and subjecting them to algorithmic management techniques, platform companies offload business costs and risks unto individual workers while evading the social safety nets that are designed to protect these workers. To … Read more

Tim Christiaens

Dr. Tim Christiaens is assistant professor of economic ethics at the philosophy department of Tilburg University. He works mainly on the impact of digital technologies on labour relations with, among others, a book on Digital Working Lives (2022) published with Rowman & Littlefield.

From Pessimism to Promise: Lessons from the Global South on Designing Inclusive Tech

When it comes to tech, the mainstream headlines are bleak: Algorithms control and oppress. AI will destroy democracy and our social fabric, and possibly even drive us to extinction. While legitimate concerns drive these fears, we need to equally account for the fact that tech affords young people something incredibly valuable—a rare space for self-actualization. … Read more

Payal Arora

Prof. dr. Payal Arora is the Chair of Inclusive AI Cultures in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University and co-founder of FemLab, a feminist futures of work initiative. She is a digital anthropologist and comes with two decades of user-experience in marginalized contexts to help shape inclusive designs, and data governance … Read more

Mark Alfano

Mark Alfano works in philosophy (epistemology, moral psychology), social science (personality & social psychology), and philosophy of technology (epistemology and ethics of algorithms, natural language processing & generation). He also brings digital humanities methods to bear on both contemporary problems and the history of philosophy (especially Nietzsche).

Fabio Patrone

Fabio Patrone is affiliated with the Department of Human Studies  at University of L’Aquila.

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