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


Featured Blog Entries

Date November 2016 / Category News

The Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) in cooperation with Utrecht Data School (UDS) is organizing a workshop on Research Ethics for Data and Digital Methods. The workshop will take place on 29 th of November 2016 in the Sweelinckzaal from 10a.m - 5p.m.

Date May 2016 / Category News

The Journal Computer Supported Cooperative Work approached me to put together a special issue on the impact of social media and big data on citizenship. The journal consists of five papers. Using different examples from medicine, urban space, journalism and blogs, these papers reflect on how social media and emerging data practices affect our understanding of citizenship. The fifth paper proposes a model for researching shared issues in the public sphere.

More Blog Entries


Date April 2017

Liliana Bounegru, Jonathan Gray , Tommaso Venturini and Michele Mauri from Public Data Lab put together this impressive guide to tracing fake news through digital methods.


Date March 2017

Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, Hal Roberts, and Ethan Zuckerman have sifted through 1,25 million stories published between April 2015 and Election Day last year; they revealed a right-wing media ecosystem and its mediating mainstream media outlets.


Date March 2017

As algorithms immerse deeper into more areas of everyday life this growing list is a great resource: Algorithm Tips is a great project by Daniel Trielli, Jennifer Stark and Nick Diakopoulos. They collect information about algorithms that are used by government organizations and provide information and description as far as available on this platform.


Date February 2017

Lee Rainie and Janna Anderson from the Pew Research Center have an excellent overview of perspectives on the social impact of algorithms. Their article summarizes findings from expert panels and the various views participants have concerning the role of algorithms in our knowledge economies.


Date January 2017

This article describes the excellent and admirable work carried out at the Citizen Lab. Directed by Ron Deibert, this amazing research group unmasks those who try to stifle civil rights (such as freedom of speech, privacy etc.) through monitoring or blocking internet access, intercepting messages or intruding and breaching private communication.


Date December 2016

This is a very informative documentary that cuts excellently through the buzzwords and the hype shaping our understanding of 'big data'. The Joy of Data shows how data are captured, used for calculations and how results are applied for decision making, and to what extent data transform society.


Date December 2016

Hope Reese and Nick Heath have written an excellent article on the people who actually make a living from Amazaon's clickworker platform Mechanical Turk. They provide an insight into the transformation of labour and private space when automatically generated assignments dictate not only the labouror's life but also the lives of her family. The fascinating account also indicates how the distributed labour of a multitude of clickworkers is shaping the artificial intelligence applications that eventually will also start to carry out services.


Date September 2016

ProPublica runs an outstanding investigation into algorithmic injustice. In this article Julia Angwin makes a compelling case for making algorithms accountable.



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

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