Call for abstracts — special issue on “Apps and Infrastructures”

Special Issue on “Apps and Infrastructures” edited by Carolin Gerlitz, Anne Helmond, David Nieborg, and Fernando van der Vlist We invite submissions for a special issue of Computational Culture, a Journal of Software Studies, on “Apps and Infrastructures”.  Excerpt This special issue of Computational Culture welcomes proposals and projects from scholars and practitioners from across different disciplines interested in the advancement of app studies at the intersection of apps and infrastructures. Studies of mobile apps, platform native apps, and web browser […]

Speculative data selfies

Speculative data selfies by Fernando N. van der Vlist and Anne Helmond In: Internet Policy Review. Available from: Excerpt This short piece examines Data Selfie, an open-source Chrome browser extension that collects and analyses data about your behaviour on The extension has been developed by DATA X (Hang Do Thi Duc and Regina Flores Mir) and was originally announced in April 2016 as an iPhone app and a Chrome browser extension. The latter was released in January 2017 and […]

App support ecologies

App support ecologies An empirical investigation of app-platform relations by Carolin Gerlitz, Fernando N. van der Vlist, Anne Helmond, and Esther Weltevrede In: Infrastructures of Publics – Publics of Infrastructures, First Annual Conference 2016 of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 1187 ‘Media of Cooperation,’ Artur-Woll-Haus, University of Siegen, Germany, December 8–10. Available from: This scientific poster is designed to summarise and present current research on the relations between mobile apps and social media platforms, and the wider ecologies of […]

Het ecosysteem van platformen

Het ecosysteem van platformen by Fernando N. van der Vlist In: van Dijck, JFTM, Poell T, and de Waal BGM (2016) De platformsamenleving: Strijd om publieke waarden in een online wereld, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 23, 32, 156, 158–159. Available from: The publication De platformsamenleving: Strijd om publieke waarden in een online wereld by José van Dijck, Thomas Poell, and Martijn de Waal examines the platform society and the increasing amount of social and economic traffic that very large platforms now […]