Employee Empowerment or Workers’ Control? The Use Case of Enterprise Social Networks

Employee Empowerment or Workers’ Control? The Use Case of Enterprise Social Networks

In the context of the digitization of the workplace, numerous companies are introducing digital platforms that are intended to strengthen employee participation. The implications of social media for the meaning of political engagement and participation has been widely addressed in the field of Internet studies. In the working environment, social networks have gained increasing attention […]

Transgender People on Dating Apps: Vulnerabilities, Resistance and Perspectives

Transgender People on Dating Apps: Vulnerabilities, Resistance and Perspectives

  Prejudice. Exclusion. Difficulty in educational access. Inability to find work. Violation of rights. These are some of the daily challenges faced by transgender people. In spite of the various initiatives and projects aimed at this population in the areas of social welfare (health, social assistance and social security), education, labor and public safety, more […]

Big Data Literacy: A New Dimension of the “Digital Divide”

Big Data Literacy: A New Dimension of the “Digital Divide”

  The Internet constitutes a core infrastructure, especially in the western societies. The usage of this infrastructure has changed and developed significantly since its invention – from primarily being a communication infrastructure that provided access to static information, to becoming a global platform, to full-scale applications implemented as services. In recent years, we have seen […]

Manipulative Memes : How Internet Memes Can Distort the Truth

Manipulative Memes : How Internet Memes Can Distort the Truth

Political internet memes were used on a large scale for the first time during the 2012 US Presidential Election (remember Texts from Hillary and Romney hates Big Bird?). Initially used as a form of entertainment, the purpose of these funny images changed during the 2016 election. Memes started to dominate news headlines and were used […]

“Turn Off, Shut Down, Log out” : On Offlinism

“Turn Off, Shut Down, Log out” : On Offlinism

  While government policy papers, pop science articles and advertising campaigns recurrently extol the virtues of digital connectivity, proclaiming ‘ Life’s Better Connected’, the last few years have seen the emergence of a rising tide of digital discontent. With the creeping ubiquity of wireless, contactless and mobile connectivity, and the proliferating array of ‘smart’ things, […]

The Impact of the Internet on Leadership

The Impact of the Internet on Leadership

Much has been written about leadership in the academic literature over the past century. There have been many theories that range from leader-centric theories (e.g. trait theories, skills theories) to more group-based theories or ‘leadership as a process’ theories (e.g. transformational leadership). The thinking on leadership has developed over time and here I explore one […]

“REVENGE PORN” IN BRAZIL:  SOME REFLECTIONS ON GENDER, SEXUALITY AND FIELD WORK ON AND ABOUT THE INTERNET

“REVENGE PORN” IN BRAZIL: SOME REFLECTIONS ON GENDER, SEXUALITY AND FIELD WORK ON AND ABOUT THE INTERNET

  The term “revenge porn” is being used in several countries and contexts (by feminists, the media, law and policy makers) to refer to the unconsented disclosure of intimate, erotic or sexual material, usually via internet. While placing various legal questions about privacy and the liability of Internet providers, the debates that surround it allow […]

Online sexual violence against children and teenagers, vulnerabilities and inequalities: ethnographical notes about two favelas in Brazil.

Online sexual violence against children and teenagers, vulnerabilities and inequalities: ethnographical notes about two favelas in Brazil.

  The central theme of my postdoctoral research is the understanding of different constructions of the notion of sexual violence against children and adolescents in communities characterized as “socially vulnerable.” The fieldwork that gives base to the proposed reflections has as context two favelas of the city of Rio de Janeiro: Morro da Providência and […]

A snapshot of politics on Facebook in a quantitative perspective – The angry, but not sad, populists

A snapshot of politics on Facebook in a quantitative perspective – The angry, but not sad, populists

  Facebook is full of people constantly expressing their opinions through reactions, comments, friend requests etc. It can be a great challenge for social scientists to extract patterns and find the general tendencies of how people are communicating on the platform. Of course it would be presumptuous to explain how Facebook is used in its […]

Using E-democracy for the Political Inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

Using E-democracy for the Political Inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

The first decade of the new millennium will be remembered in Latin America for strong economic growth and unprecedented reduction of inequality. It also coincided with the end of the United Nations’ First International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (1995-2004),[1] which intended to strenghthen the position of indigenous peoples as relevant actors in the […]

“I hate it with a passion”: Compulsive connection, Facebook and cultures of affiliation

“I hate it with a passion”: Compulsive connection, Facebook and cultures of affiliation

  People are using media more than they sleep and social media are a major factor in that use. People at different life stages and from different generations are often understood to have fundamentally different patterns of digital communication, often across different platforms. Many have argued that Facebook is important for the presentation of self, […]

DATA SHARING, INTERNET SERVERS, AND CLIMATE CHANGE: ‘WHAT’S YOURS IS MINE, AND WHAT’S MINE IS…’

DATA SHARING, INTERNET SERVERS, AND CLIMATE CHANGE: ‘WHAT’S YOURS IS MINE, AND WHAT’S MINE IS…’

  Today, 5,600,000,000 results were retrieved after a Google search on the term ‘data’ (after 0.55 seconds). Other web search engines, such as Bing, Yahoo!, Baidu, AOL or Ask might provide alternative results. In the patterns of everyday life, more than 90% of all the available data on the internet was generated since 2011, and […]

“The Solution To Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Log Off”

“The Solution To Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Log Off”

Image Source. The Special Rapporteurs for freedom of expression and violence against women issued a common statement on the International Women’s Day on the 8th of March 2017. In the statement they called for action from governments, companies and civil society organisations to tackle online gender-based abuse and violence, emphasising that such action needed to […]

Marginalized, victimized, and unaware: Cyber security threats, age cohort and the second digital divide

Marginalized, victimized, and unaware: Cyber security threats, age cohort and the second digital divide

  The impact of the digital divide is a concern for many stakeholders; in many ways it functionally isolates those who don’t have the resources to go online. However, crossing that divide opens individuals up to online safety threats. These threats can range from multi-modal personalized scams to stealthy malware. Facing these dangers can be […]

Facing NCII in Brazil from an intersectionality standpoint

Facing NCII in Brazil from an intersectionality standpoint

At InternetLab, we have been developing research on online violence against women in Brazil for the past 2,5 years. The majority of our efforts have been directed towards reading judicial decisions to find out which legal framework has been applied to the problem of non-consensual dissemination of intimate images (NCII, or “revenge porn”), and, to […]

Digital Divide and Application Development in Developing Countries: A Routine-Based Approach

Digital Divide and Application Development in Developing Countries: A Routine-Based Approach

The high growth rates in mobile phone ownership combined with relatively easy access to software development kits and application programming interfaces have made application development feasible even in the more underdeveloped areas of the globe. As a result, countries that traditionally have been identified as recipients of technology have had the opportunity to become technology […]

Evaluating Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Israel & New Zealand Websites: A Comparative Study

Evaluating Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Israel & New Zealand Websites: A Comparative Study

  Intro: This first-of-its-kind study compares the degree of (and factors underlying) web accessibility for people with disabilities, of public sector or NPO websites in Israel and New Zealand — two countries with similar laws and sociological characteristics — based on a representative sample Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 criteria, accepted by many countries. […]