Dr. David B. Nieborg

University of Toronto, Canada

David B. Nieborg is Assistant Professor of Media Studies. He holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam and was affiliated as a postdoctoral research fellow with MIT, the University of Amsterdam, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Nieborg has experience with journalism, having a previous career in both newspaper journalism and as an entrepreneur, co-founding an award-winning game company. His research and writing has been featured in various Dutch TV and radio-shows, newspapers and magazines. David published widely on the political economy of the game industry, the military-entertainment complex, platform companies, and games journalism. His app studies related research focuses on app economics, app advertising, app imperialism, and methodological innovation. His work has been published in academic outlets such as New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, European Journal for Cultural Studies, and Fibreculture Journal.


Dr. Anne Helmond

University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Anne Helmond is Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture and Program Director of the MA New Media and Digital Culture, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam. In her research she focuses on social media platforms and apps from an infrastructural perspective. Her research interests include digital methods, software studies, platform studies, app studies, infrastructure studies and web history. In her dissertation on ‘The web as platform: Data flows in social media’ she has developed the notion of ‘platformization’ to understand the dual logic of social media platforms’ extension into the rest of the web and, simultaneously, their drive to make external web data ‘platform ready’. She blogs about her research on http://www.annehelmond.nl and her work has been published in highly-ranked peer-reviewed journals such as New Media & Society, Theory, Culture and Society, Social Media + Society, First Monday, and Computational Culture.


Fernando van der Vlist

University of Siegen, Germany

Fernando van der Vlist is a doctoral researcher and research associate with the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Media of Cooperation’ (U of Siegen). He is a member of the Digital Methods Initiative (U of Amsterdam) and cofounding member of the App Studies Initiative He is a former lecturer in New Media and Digital Culture (U of Amsterdam) and in Digital Methods (Utrecht U) and Utrecht Data School). His research interests include software studies, digital methods, platform studies, app studies, internet studies, computational culture, digital infrastructure, and issue mapping. He has published in high quality, open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journals like Big Data & SocietySurveillance & SocietyGlobal Networks, and Internet Policy Review.


Prof. Dr. Carolin Gerlitz

University of Siegen, Germany

Carolin Gerlitz is Professor for Digital Media and Methods at the University of Siegen, Germany. Her work is situated at the intersection between digital culture and economic sociology with a particular interest in dynamics of social web economies. She is involved in a series of collaborative projects on social media, Facebook’s Like economy, time online, numbers, metrics, topology and digital (social) research. She completed her PhD on brands, participatory cultures and continuous economies in 2012 at the Department for Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam afterwards. Carolin holds a four year NWO Veni grant for her project ‘Numbering Life. Measures and Metrics in Digital Media’ and is PI of a project on apps and their ecologies as part of the German collaborative research centre “Media of Cooperation”.


Dr. Thomas Poell

University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Thomas Poell is Assistant Professor of New Media & Digital Culture. His research is focused on social media and the transformation of public communication around the globe. He has published on social media and popular protest in Canada, Egypt, Tunisia, India, and China, as well as on the role of these media in the development of new forms of journalism. Together with professor José van Dijck, Poell leads the KNAW-‘Over Grenzen’ research program on Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space. He is one of the programme leaders of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies, and part of the core team Audiovisual Data and Media Studies of the national infrastructural project CLARIAH (NWO). He sits on the editorial board of Social Media & Society and of the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. During the Spring semester of 2015, Poell was Research Associate at UC Santa Cruz, and visiting lecturer at the University of Helsinki.


Dr. Esther Weltevrede

University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Esther Weltevrede is Assistant Professor of New Media & Digital Culture at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is a founding member of the Digital Methods Initiative research collective, investigating digital culture from a medium-specific perspective. Her research interests include software studies, platform studies and issue mapping. In her dissertation ‘Repurposing digital methods: The research affordances of platforms and engines’ she develops the notion of ‘research affordances’ envisioning online platforms as infrastructures that facilitate and engage specific research questions and practices. Her work has been published in academic outlets such as Big Data & Society, Theory, Culture and Society, Journal of Cultural Economy, First Monday and CHI.


Dr. Des. Johannes Paßmann

University of Siegen, Germany

Johannes Paßmann is research associate of the Digital Media & Methods team at Siegen University. He obtained his doctorate in 2016 with a thesis on Twitter in Germany that explored the interrelation between Twitter’s software history, its user practices, and third party developer creating apps on top of Twitter. Johannes was a research fellow at Locating Media, a postgraduate program funded by the German research foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), and worked as a lecturer in the MA New Media & Digital Culture at Utrecht University (the Netherlands).


Dr Daniel Joseph

Dr. Daniel J. Joseph

University of Toronto, Canada

Daniel Joseph is post-doctoral researcher, lecturer, and freelance journalist. He holds a PhD in Communication and Culture from Ryerson University and York University. He is a researcher at the University of Toronto where he is a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees 3902. He has bylines in Jacobin Magazine, Real Life Magazine, Motherboard, and the Literary Review of Canada. His current research focuses on the intersection of labour, play, and digital platforms. He has written extensively about Canadian cultural policy and the digital economy, digital labour, and the political economy of communication in academic publications such as Games and Culture, Triple C, and Loading…. His app studies research investigates the concentration, monopolization, and diversity of app developers, publishers, and platforms.


Dr. Chris J. Young

University of Toronto, Canada

Chris J. Young is Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow in the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada. His research examines the cultural production of media through ethnographic fieldwork of contemporary cultural workers and bibliographical analyses of media artifacts. His doctoral dissertation examined the emergence of everyday gamemakers and how they make-do with industry-developed tools and resources to establish grassroots practices and norms. His research has been published in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America and the Journal of Games Criticism.