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Global Digital Cultures

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GDC constitutes a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community for comparing and analyzing the profound changes brought about by digitization around the globe.

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Global Data Justice & Tech Firms - Linnet Taylor

Global Digital CulturesDec 20, 2021

Instagram, the Self, and the City with Justus Uitermark

Instagram, the Self, and the City with Justus Uitermark

In this episode, we had drinks with Justus Uitermark at Cafe Droog, where we discussed the theories, methods, and work processes driving his and John Boy’s upcoming book: On Display: Instagram, the Self, and the City. Justus Uitermark is professor of Urban Geography at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. He studies cities from a comparative and historical perspective, looking at how power relations are expressed in the built environment: which groups and interests prevail and which are pushed into the background?

Feb 03, 202259:46
Global Data Justice & Tech Firms - Linnet Taylor

Global Data Justice & Tech Firms - Linnet Taylor

In this episode, we invited Linnet Taylor to Thomas's cozy office at the University of Amsterdam to discuss global data justice and the growing power of contemporary tech firms over a hot cup of tea. 

Linnet Taylor is a Professor of International Data Governance at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), where she leads the ERC-funded Global Data Justice project. Her research focuses on the use of new sources of digital data in governance and research around issues of human and economic development.

Dec 20, 202101:12:46
Data Activism - Stefania Milan
Dec 20, 202101:01:20
Children and Data Justice - With Sara Grimes & Veronica Barassi

Children and Data Justice - With Sara Grimes & Veronica Barassi

With the increased use of digital technologies by children, new opportunities for empowerment and connection have emerged but, alongside this, the possibility of increased exploitation of this vulnerable group. In this webinar, scholars Dr. Sara Grimes and Dr. Veronica Barassi will discuss the current challenges facing children’s rights in the digital realm. What potential interventions can be designed to create data justice and freedom for children in the digital space? In what ways has the increased use of technologies during the COVID-19 pandemic created new challenges and/or opportunities for children in the digital realm?  


Dr. Sara Grimes is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto where her work focuses on children’s digital media culture(s), play studies, and critical theories of technology with a focus on games. She is also the Director of the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) at the University of Toronto that functions as a cross-disciplinary institute that researches the evolving relationship between information, technology, and society.   

Prof. Veronica Barassi is an anthropologist and a Professor in Media and Communications Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland. She is also the Chair of Media and Culture at the Media and Communications Management Institute in St. Gallen. She was previously and Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University of London. Her research focuses on the impacts of social media, data technologies and artificial intelligence on society.  

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Apr 01, 202151:48
Global Digital Inequalities - Nishant Shah & Padmini Ray Murray

Global Digital Inequalities - Nishant Shah & Padmini Ray Murray

This episode is part of the GDC Webinar series #2. Recorded on February 2021.

How does digitisation reshape the distribution of cultural, economic, and political resources around the globe? Over the past decades, this has been a central question in activist, scholarly, and policy debate. In this webinar, feminist technologist Nishant Shah and creative practitioner Padmini Ray Murray will discuss the current state of this debate. How is digital inequality framed in different parts of the world and what are the consequences of this framing? What can be the pitfalls of certain rhetorics of inclusion? And what are the current challenges for a politics of design directed at social justice? In light of the rapid development of artificial intelligence and the ongoing (dis-)information crisis, the question of global digital inequality has taken on new urgency.


Guillén Torres Sepulveda


Nishant Shah is Director of Research & Outreach and Professor Aesthetics and Culture of Technologies at ArtEZ University of the Arts, The Netherlands. His work is at the intersections of body, identity, digital technologies, artistic practice, and activism, with a specific focus on non-canonical geographies. His current interest is in thinking through questions of artificial intelligence, digital subjectivity, and misinformation towards building inclusive, diverse, resilient, and equitable societies. His new book Really Fake is out in Spring 2021 with University of Minnesota Press.

Padmini Ray Murray is the founder of Design Beku, a collective emerging from a desire to explore how technology and design can be decolonial, local, and ethical. As a creative practitioner, Padmini creates new media work which reflects her research and interests, such as Darshan Diversion (with KV Ketan and Joel Johnson), a feminist videogame about the Sabarimala temple controversy (2016); Visualising Cybersecurity, a project which aims to alter how cybersecurity is depicted and discussed in the media (2019); a speculative comic on the personal data protection bill, “Designing for Democracy” (with Paulanthony George, 2020); and is currently working on a digital performance piece funded by the Goethe Institut, an adaptation of Ionesco’s ‘The Leader’, which explores the themes of misinformation, the attention economy and fake news.

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Feb 26, 202156:05
Engaging with Online Sex Work - Lorelei Lee & Antonia Hernández

Engaging with Online Sex Work - Lorelei Lee & Antonia Hernández

Many concepts ‘meet’ each other in the practices of online sex work; physical & digital, pleasure & power, intimacy & publicness, body & labour. Not to forget how gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality intersect in this type of work. How can we engage in meaningful ways with these complexities and entangled realities? Artist and communication scholar Antonia Hernandez and writer, researcher, activist, and porn performer Lorelei Lee will discuss how art, writing, and play might provide methods for engagement with the multifaceted nature of online sex work.

Chair: Hanne Stegeman,  Ph.D. student in the Markets, Morals, and Mass Intimacy project (NWO).


  • Lorelei Lee (they/she) is a writer, porn performer, sex worker activist, organizer, juris doctor, Justice Catalyst Fellow, co-founder of the Disabled Sex Workers Coalition, and researcher with Hacking//Hustling. Their writing appears in n+1, The Establishment, $pread, Denver Quarterly, The Feminist Porn Book, Coming Out Like a Porn Star, We Too, Hustling Verse, and elsewhere. Their book, 'Anything of Value,' looking at sex work through legal history, memoir, and cultural criticism, is anticipated from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2023.
  • Antonia Hernández is a communication studies scholar at Concordia University Montreal and artist who has engaged with the complexity of online sex work both scholarly writing and artistic projects. Through the artwork and research project 'Maintenance Pornography / Sexcams in a Dollhouse',  she investigated platforms, value creation, and the domestic in online sex work.
Feb 20, 202158:57
Digital Sex Work in the Age of COVID - Angela Jones, Yvette Luhrs & Zaïre Krieger

Digital Sex Work in the Age of COVID - Angela Jones, Yvette Luhrs & Zaïre Krieger

This episode is part of the GDC Webinar series that took place on September 2020.

Digitization is transforming the global sex industry. With their low barrier of entry, live and highly interactive character, webcam sex platforms such as Chaturbate or LiveJasmin have become one of the sex industry’s most profitable and fastest-growing segments. This development has been further propelled by Corona, which forced many sex workers to look for alternative sources of income online. But what does their work entail? Which new risks and opportunities do they encounter, compared to offline sex work? Does ‘camming’ lead to a new global proletariat of sex workers? Or can it provide new forms of empowerment?


Olav Velthuis, Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam

  • Angela Jones, Associate Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York and author of the book Camming: Money, Power, and Pleasure in the Sex Work Industry.
  • Yvette Luhrs, Sex worker and activist for sex workers’ rights.
  • Zaïre Krieger, Spoken Word Artist, BA International & European Law, Journalist.
Dec 11, 202058:35
Programmed Racism - Sennay Ghebreab, Linnet Taylor & Payal Arora

Programmed Racism - Sennay Ghebreab, Linnet Taylor & Payal Arora

This episode is part of the GDC Webinar series that took place on september 2020.

How do digital technologies mediate racism? It is increasingly clear that digital technologies, including auto-complete function, facial recognition, and profiling tools are not neutral but racialized in specific ways. This webinar focuses on the different modes of programmed racism. We present historical and contemporary examples of racial bias in computational systems and learn about the potential of Civic AI. We discuss the need for a global perspective and postcolonial approaches to computation and discrimination. What research agenda is needed to address current problems and inequalities?


Lonneke van der Velden, University of Amsterdam


Sennay Ghebreab,  Associate Professor of informatics, University of Amsterdam and Scientific Director of the Civic AI Lab, for civic-centered and community minded design, development and development of AI

Linnet Taylor, Associate Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), PI of the ERC-funded Global Data Justice Project.

Payal Arora, Professor and Chair in Technology, Values, and Global Media Cultures at the Erasmus School of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Author of the ‘Next Billion Users’ with Harvard Press.

Nov 24, 202049:26
Digital Public Infrastructures - Jack Linchuan Qiu, Seda Gürses & Geert-Jan Boogaerts
Nov 10, 202055:18