Stefania Milan and Thomas Poell
Justus Uitermark, Marlies Glasius, John Boy, Lonneke van der Velden, Becky Kazansky, Davide Beraldo, Guillen Torres, Kersti Wissenbach, Niels ten Oever, Marc Tuters, Jeroen de Vos
This interdisciplinary group is composed of scholars whose work explores the interplay between the ‘political’ and the ‘digital’. One of the key interests of the group is how major online platforms, mostly operated by global corporations affect and reshape popular contention around the globe. In this effort, the focus will be on the technological infrastructure, political economy and legal framework of platforms, revolving around the collection of user data, personalized advertising and services, as well as state and consumer surveillance. In the light of these techno-commercial and political strategies, the group investigates how activists appropriate, as well as critically position themselves in relation to platforms, developing subversive user strategies.
Issue areas of concern include:
- Strategies and repertoires of online contention, including digital disobedience, data activism, and digital citizen practices.
- How platform infrastructures shape online contention
- The role of online contention and networking under illiberal conditions
- The role of academia in providing and articulating alternatives, as well as nurturing alternative thinking
- Ethical frameworks for doing data-driven research on online contention
- Mortensen, M., C. Neumayer & T. Poell (Eds.) 2018 (under contract). Social Media Materialities and Protest: Critical reflections. London: Routledge.
- Celikates, R., J. de Kloet, E. Peeren & T. Poell (Eds.) 2017 (under contract). Global Cultures of Contestation. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
- Poell, T., R. Abdulla, B. Rieder, R. Woltering, L. Zack. 2016. Protest leadership in the age of social media. Information, Communication & Society, 19.7: 994-1014.
- Poell, T. & J. van Dijck. 2016. Constructing Public Space: Global Perspectives on Social Media and Popular Contestation—Introduction. International Journal of Communication, 10: 226–234.
- Poell, T. 2014. Social media and the transformation of activist communication: exploring the social media ecology of the 2010 Toronto G20 protests. Information, Communication & Society, 17.6: 716-731.
- Poell, T., B. J. de Kloet & G. Zeng. 2014. Will the Real Weibo Please Stand Up? Chinese Online Contention and Actor-Network Theory. Chinese Journal of Communication, 7.1: 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17544750.2013.816753.
- Milan, S. 2016. Social Movements and Their Technologies: Wiring Social Change. London: Palgrave Macmillan
- Milan, S. (2015). From Social Movements to Cloud Protesting: The Evolution of Collective Identity. Information, Communication & Society, 18.8: 887-900.
- Milan, S., L van der Velden. 2016. The alternative epistemologies of data activism. Digital Culture & Society, 2.2: 57–74.
Members of this group are active in the following constellations: