Mirko Tobias Schäfer / Assistant Professor
University of Utrecht Department for Media and Culture Studies


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Date October 2014 / Category News

I have been asked by the editors of the Journal of Computer Supported and Cooperative Work to edit a special issue on the the transformation of civic life through social media platforms, datafication and big data analysis.

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Date September 2014 / Category News

The Utrecht Data School has been awarded a KIEM grant from the NWO's exact science program. The grant funds a research project which develops a database for open data projects and possibilities for comparative evaluation of the projects and their social impact.

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Date November 2014

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange describes in this chapter from his recent book When Google Met Wikileaks, how Google CEO Eric Schmidt wove tight ties with the political establishment at Washington. Next to other idustry giants in energy or manufacturing, Google emerged as yet a new actor whose commodities became assets in political policy making. As Assange reveals, Schmidt and his Google head of ideas, Jared Cohen promote their companies objectives through aligning with and actively shaping US foreign and domestic policy.

Date November 2014

Hyperallergic has an interview with cultural analytics pioneer Lev Manovich who sees his work with data analysis tools in a line with artistic practices from the 20th century. This conversation discusses the scholarly value and the practice of analysing cultural phenomena through yet another cultural phenomenon: big data and tools to make sense of them.


Date October 2014

In het meest recente magazine Nationale veiligheid en crisisbeheersing schrijf ik over ‘het onzinnige sociale mediabeleid in de integrale aanpak van Jijadisme’. In haar reactie op mijn kritiek gaat de programmadirectie Contraterrorisme bij de Nationale coördinator voor terrorismebestrijding en veiligheid met geen woord in op de mogelijke schade voor demoactie en burgerrechten maar benadrukt een vage bedreigingssituatie die dit beleid noodzakelijk maakt.


Date October 2014

Social media platforms are painstakingly monitored in order to prevent inappropriate content. Little is known about the workers who actually sift through the flagged and reported material. This informative Wired article sheds some light on the co-creation process of user generated content.


Date August 2014

With verve and convincing arguments, Ethan Zuckerman explains why the advertisement-supported free web platforms made surveillance a default mode of internet business models.


Date July 2014

In midst of an overly enthusiastic chorus of techno-optimists praising the benefits of big data, Evgeny Morozov remains the critical voice raising issues about the pitfalls and dangers of a world where every device and every user activity contributes to a real-time dragnet investigation of citizens.


Date July 2014

Reporters Without Borders has released their latest report on the state of press freedom in the world.


Date June 2014

Jill Lepore dissects in this article for the New Yorker the currently overly hyped 'innovator's dilemma'. Lepore notes that Christensen cherry-picked his examples to make his theory appear sound and presents a number of examples that contradict his argument.



Mirko Tobias Schaefer is a researcher in the field of digital culture.

This website provides information on his research interests and teaching activities.




Mirko Tobias Schaefer

Department for Media and Culture Studies

Utrecht University

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