May 6, 2020 | Bastiaan Vanacker
During times of crisis, we need heroes and villains. We separate the good guys from the bad ones to make sense of a complex reality and to redirect our emotions about the capriciousness of a deadly virus. It is a human reflex, but one that often focuses on punishment and reward at the expense of justice. This process is often more pronounced in digital realms.
February 21, 2020 | Ailis Yaeger
Amazon has bolstered from the internet sensation of sharing plots to deceive porch pirates by planting exploding boxes of glitter by explaining that the goal of purchasing a Ring Doorbell is to ensure safety. Yet, the company has not promised the protection of basic civil liberties with its ability to stream live audio and HD video.
February 28, 2020 | Bastiaan Vanacker
After two radicalized Muslim assailants killed twelve people in their attack on Charlie Hebdo five years ago, the #jesuischarlie hashtag took over France and much of the Western world. The #jesuis*insert name* has become a catch phrase ever since for social media users expressing support to those who have been victimized. Earlier this year, for example, #jesuismila trended in France, in support of a young girl who had criticized Islam in an Instagram post. However, support has been far less unanimous than was the case five years ago, opening debate about the limits of online speech in France.