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, Media, Cultural and Society, and other peer-reviewed journals.
Anne Helmond is Associate Professor of Media, Data & Society at Utrecht University. She is part of the focus area Governing the Digital Society where she examines the processes of platformization, algorithmization, and datafication from an empirical and historical perspective by focusing on the material and programmable (data) infrastructures underpinning these processes. In addition, she is working on developing digital methods for examining how apps and app stores mediate sociocultural issues and practices and for inquiring into the political economy of mobile data flows. Her work has been published in highly-ranked peer-reviewed journals such as Big Data & Society, New Media & Society, Theory, Culture and Society, Social Media + Society, First Monday, and Computational Culture. From 2017–2020 she held a Veni grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for the project ‘App ecosystems: A critical history of apps’ (2017–2020). In this project she developed novel digital methods for analysing apps, app stores, and app ecosystems to understand the emergence of this new cultural form.
Fernando van der Vlist is a postdoctoral researcher of media and digital society at Utrecht University and also, since 2016, with the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Media of Cooperation’ at the University of Siegen (funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG). He is part of Utrecht University’s focus area ‘Governing the Digital Society’ and teaches at the Media and Culture Studies department. Additionally, he is part of international research collectives including the App Studies Initiative (as co-lead), the Digital Methods Initiative, and the Public Data Lab. His research has been published open access in some of the field’s leading peer-reviewed journals, including Big Data & Society, Social Media + Society, and Internet Policy Review. Since 2014, Fernando has held different academic (research and teaching) positions at Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam (NL), and at the University of Siegen (DE). Fernando’s PhD thesis The Platform as Ecosystem (2022) was jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. José van Dijck (Utrecht University) and Prof. Dr. Carolin Gerlitz (University of Siegen). Since 2014, Fernando has held different academic (research and teaching) positions at Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam (both NL), and at the University of Siegen (DE). (More info: fernandovandervlist.nl and @fvandervlist.)
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, Facebooks 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”.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Stefanie Duguay is Assistant Professor of Data and Networked Publics in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Her research focuses on the influence of digital media technologies in everyday life, with particular attention to sexual identity, gender, and social media. This has included studies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people’s use of social media, dating apps, and multiple platforms for self-representation and everyday activism. Some of Stefanie’s app-related research has involved close analyses of Tinder, Instagram, Vine. She has co-authored with Ben Light and Jean Burgess about the “walkthrough method” for analyzing apps, and runs workshops about this method. Stefanie’s research has been published in New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, Information, Communication & Society and other international, peer-reviewed journals.
Jeremy Morris is an Associate Professor in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the digitization of the cultural industries. He is author of Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture (University of California Press, 2015) and has published widely on new media, music technologies, podcasting as well as apps and the appification of software in journals such as New Media and Society, Fibreculture, Popular Communication, and The Journal of Radio and Audio Media. Along with Sarah Murray, he is co-editor of a collection entitled Appified: Culture in the Age of Apps (University of Michigan Press, 2018), which examines the impact of apps on media products and cultural practices. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled App Culture, which looks at the culture of apps (i.e. the rise of the app as a new format for the software commodity) and app culture (i.e. the ways in which software developers are adjusting to this new form of software production, distribution and consumption). He is also the founder of PodcastRE.org, a large database that tracks, indexes and preserves podcasts, allowing researchers to analyze sonic culture.
Nathaniel Tkacz is a Reader in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick. He has a PhD in Culture and Communication from the University of Melbourne. His work investigates the political, economic and organisational dimensions of digital technology. This has led him to research notions of political openness in web-based communities, the practice of ‘mass collaboration’, experimental economic platforms, software forking, trolling, banking and payment apps, and dashboard interfaces, among other things. He is author or edited of a number of books, including Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness (University of Chicago Press), the MoneyLab Reader with Geert Lovink and Patricia De Vries (INC Press) and Digital Light with Sean Cubitt and Daniel Palmer (Open Humanities Press). His journal articles have appeared in Ephemera, Distinktion, Fibreculture, Social Media + Society, Multitudes, and Resilience.
Michael Dieter is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick. He joined CIM in October 2014 from the University of Amsterdam and the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana in Germany. He holds a PhD in Culture and Communication from the University of Melbourne on media arts practice and theory. His current research focuses on publishing practices after digitisation, cultural techniques in interface and user-experience design, and genealogies of media at the intersection of aesthetic and political thought.
T. H. Jason Chao is a full-stack software developer with 10+ years of experience. He holds an MSc. degree in Big Data and Digital Futures from the University of Warwick and a degree in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London. He is an advocate of human rights and LGBT+ equality from East Asia.