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.


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.


Fernando N. van der Vlist

University of Siegen, Germany
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Fernando N. van der Vlist, BDes (WdKA) MA (UvA), is PhD candidate and research associate, “Media of Cooperation” (DFG Collab. Res. Centre 1187) [German: „Medien der Kooperation“], University of Siegen, DE; lecturer in New Media and Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam, NL (Dept. of Media Studies); member (research associate), Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam); and co-founding member, App Studies Initiative. Additionally, he is an independent graphical information designer and a former member of Utrecht Data School (Utrecht University, NL). His research examines the social, cultural, and political significance of calculation in digital media and is published in open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journals like Big Data & Society, Surveillance & Society, and Internet Policy Review.


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.


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. 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).