Dr. Shtern Guest Lecture: University of Amsterdam

Dr. Jeremy Shtern will give the second lecture in the DATACTIVE Speakers’ Series at University of Amsterdam. Jeremy will share with us the result of his project investigating the relationships between internet users, social media firms and the advertising industry. The DATACTIVE Speakers’ Series is hosted by the DATACTIVE project (https://data-activism.net), and organised by Frederike Kaltheuner and Becky Kazansky.

The talk will take place on Wednesday, the 17th of February, 4-5 pm, in Media Studies, Turfdraagsterpad 9, room 0.04.

Better than Random: The Chance For Democratic Governance of the Advertising Supported Internet

This talk presents and reflects on results of a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funded study of the re lationships between internet users, social media firms and the advertising industry. It will reflect on the internet governance implications and activist agenda linked to the emergence of data-driven social media advertising. It will make the case for internet governance discussions to start paying more attention to the fact that advertising- historically a crucial policy agenda for governing electronic communication- is fundamentally shaping user experiences online and sponsoring the architecture of most public internet communication. It will also be argued that there are important overlaps between state and commercial surveillance and privacy issues as well as separate, important advocacy questions in the commercial space.