Jean Burgess's research while affiliated with Queensland University of Technology and other places

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Human behaviour is complex and multifaceted, and is studied by a broad range of disciplines across the social and natural sciences. To mark our 5th anniversary, we asked leading scientists in some of the key disciplines that we cover to share their vision of the future of research in their disciplines. Our contributors underscore how important it i...
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YouTube’s “up next” feature algorithmically selects, suggests, and displays videos to watch after the one that is currently playing. This feature has been criticized for limiting users’ exposure to a range of diverse media content and information sources; meanwhile, YouTube has reported that they have implemented various technical and policy change...
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The Conversation (theconversation.com) represents a unique model for communicating scholarly research to the general public via explanatory journalism. Rather than relying on scholars’ personal networks, the promotional efforts of university press offices, or requests from science journalists for comments on current developments, The Conversation o...
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YouTube’s ‘up next’ feature algorithmically suggests videos to watch after a video that is currently playing. This feature has been criticised for limiting users’ exposure to diverse media content and information sources; meanwhile, YouTube has reported that they have implemented technical and policy changes to address these concerns. Yet, there is...
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This panel deploys a range of qualitative methodologies to investigate how processes of datafication meet with the subjective experiences of ordinary people, and the practices of everyday life. We draw on the model of ‘everyday data cultures’ proposed by Burgess (2017) to explore the ways diverse data practices – including the production and circul...
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This article offers an Australian perspective on the definitions, significance and potential of digital methods in digital media, communication and cultural studies. We begin by situating this perspective in terms of postcolonial geography and disciplinarity and then argue for the value of hybrid digital methods, by which we mean the integration of...
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Although Australia's population is concentrated in major urban centres along its coastal fringe, its less populous rural communities are important to society and the economy—supporting sectors like agriculture, which occupies over half the continent's land mass and accounts for 2.2% of value added gross domestic product (GDP) (Jackson et al., 2020)...
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This chapter addresses the practices of and conflicts among the core group of particularly active and sociable YouTube users who operated with a self-understanding of themselves as a ‘community’, especially in the first few years of the platform. The chapter argues that despite its internal antagonisms, it is this community of practice that provide...
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This article outlines and demonstrates how multi-platform issue mapping can be used to investigate the impact of scholarly contributions to public debates, using digital methods and data drawn from digital media platforms. We apply this approach to the social media conversation surrounding the January 2018 Australia Day controversy, with a specific...
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A considerable amount of personal data is now collected on and by individuals: footsteps on Fitbits, screen time in Apple’s iOS, conversations on dating apps, sleeping patterns in baby tracker apps, and viewing habits on Netflix and YouTube. What value do these data have, for individuals but also for corporations, governments, and researchers? When...
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This article brings together perspectives from digital media studies and journalism scholarship to propose a working definition of digital journalism that can guide scholarship and applied research in this field. We define digital journalism as “those practices of newsgathering, reporting, textual production and ancillary communication that reflect...
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This article investigates how citizens contribute to rumour verification on social media in China, drawing on a case study of Weibo communication about the 2015 Tianjin blasts. Three aspects of citizen engagement in verifying rumours via Weibo are examined: (1) how they directly debunked rumours related to the blasts, (2) how they verified official...
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This article describes the emerging genre of ‘social news’ – characterised by a ‘born-digital’ form of journalism which is both symptomatic of and a pragmatic response to the logics of social media. The article outlines the genre’s key formal characteristics, illustrating them through discussions of three key Australia-based publications – BuzzFeed...
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en Gender‐based violence online is rampant, ranging from harassment of women who are public figures on social media to stalking intimate partners using purpose‐built apps. This is not an issue that can be addressed by individual states alone, nor can it be addressed satisfactorily through legal means. The normalization of misogyny and abuse online...
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Leaked documents, press coverage, and user protests have increasingly drawn attention to social media platforms’ seemingly contradictory governance practices. We investigate the governance approaches of Tinder, Instagram, and Vine through detailed analyses of each platform, using the ‘walkthrough method’ (Light, Burgess, and Duguay, 2016 The walkth...
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This article reports on focus groups exploring the best way to reach young men with vulgar comedy videos that provide sexual health information. Young people reported that they found the means by which the material was presented – as a locked down app – to be problematic, and that it would better be delivered through social media platforms such as...
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This article describes domestic violence as a key context of online misogyny, foregrounding the role of digital media in mediating, coordinating, and regulating it; and proposing an agenda for future research. Scholars and anti-violence advocates have documented the ways digital media exacerbate existing patterns of gendered violence and introduce...
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Preprint available at: https://eprints.qut.edu.au/112212/ In 2016, the world mourned the loss of a number of famous people who had been of cultural significance across national and generational boundaries. Each of these deaths not only heralded intense affective and discursive activity on social media of the kind associated with public mourning, bu...
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The ethical and social implications of data mining, algorithmic curation and automation in the context of social media have been of heightened concern for a range of researchers with interests in digital media in recent years, with particular concerns about privacy arising in the context of mobile and locative media. Despite their wide adoption and...
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This Special Issue brings together a range of social science and humanities perspectives on the relationships among automation, digital media and everyday life. We have aimed to get beyond the current hype and anxieties around self-driving cars, algorithms and robotics, and to achieve a more precise and grounded understanding of exactly what might...
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Software applications (apps) are now prevalent in the digital media environment. They are the site of significant sociocultural and economic transformations across many domains, from health and relationships to entertainment and everyday finance. As relatively closed technical systems, apps pose new methodological challenges for sociocultural digit...
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This article introduces a special issue concerning the interweaving of gender, sexuality, and social media. There are 10 articles included in the issue which together map out a landscape of diverse areas of interest covering topics such as sexism and harassment, health and wellbeing, relationships, and leisure.
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Domestic violence is currently undergoing a period of heightened visibility in Australia. This article uses social media to analyze public discussions about this violence with respect to a specific theoretical frame, which Adrian Howe has called the "Man " question: where and how are men visible or invisible in narratives about their violence again...
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Social media play a prominent role in mediating issues of public concern, not only providing the stage on which public debates play out but also shaping their topics and dynamics. Building on and extending existing approaches to both issue mapping and social media analysis, this article explores ways of accounting for popular media practices and th...
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This chapter addresses the practices of and conflicts among the core group of particularly active and sociable YouTube users who operated with a self-understanding of themselves as a ‘community’, especially in the first few years of the platform. The chapter argues that despite its internal antagonisms, it is this community of practice that provide...
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The contemporary social media moment can be understood in terms of a ‘platform paradigm’ (Burgess, 2014) — one in which the private, interpersonal and public communication of a significant majority of users is being mediated via a small number of large proprietary platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and those platforms are redefining how such comm...
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This report describes a dynamic ‘Co-creative Media System’ that is emerging in the social space bounded by the following institutional pillars: • major cultural institutions (including screen culture agencies, libraries, museums, galleries and public service broadcasters) • the Community Arts and Cultural Development sector (historically supporte...
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Ob die Überwachungspraktiken der NSA oder die Geschäftsmodelle von Google, Facebook & Co.: Sie alle basieren auf »Big Data«, der ungeahnten Möglichkeit, riesige Datenmengen wie nie zuvor in der Geschichte zu erheben, zu sammeln und zu analysieren. »Big Data« beschreibt damit nicht nur neuartige wissenschaftliche Datenpraktiken, sondern steht für ei...
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Platforms for content created by web users have been associated with some of the most significant economic paradigm shifts in digital media. At the same time, user created content has often been at the center of heated scholarly debates around the democratization of media production, cultural participation, and public communication. In this entry,...
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In this article I briefly trace the complex and incremental but significant ways that social media platforms have been transformed since the ‘Web 2.0’ moment of the early 2000s, identifying some common trajectories across several platforms, and discussing their consequences for how users – and their capacity for creative agency – are positioned. I...
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Metaphors are a common instrument of human cognition, activated when seeking to make sense of novel and abstract phenomena. In this article we assess some of the values and assumptions encoded in the framing of the term big data , drawing on the framework of conceptual metaphor. We first discuss the terms data and big data and the meanings historic...
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The widespread adoption of leading social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter in much of the developed world has also led to a rise in research projects across the humanities and social sciences that seek to investigate and analyse the emerging uses of these platforms. A substantial number of such research projects have applied existing co...
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Over the past couple of decades, the cultural field formerly known as ‘domestic’, and later ‘personal’ photography has been remediated and transformed as part of the social web, with its convergence of personal expression, interpersonal communication and online social networks (most recently via platforms such as Flickr, Facebook and Twitter). Mean...
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Although popular media narratives about the role of social media in driving the events of the 2011 “Arab Spring” are likely to overstate the impact of Facebook and Twitter on these uprisings, it is nonetheless true that protests and unrest in countries from Tunisia to Syria generated a substantial amount of social media activity. On Twitter alone,...
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A Companion to New Media Dynamics presents a state-of-the-art collection of multidisciplinary readings that examine the origins, evolution, and cultural underpinnings of the media of the digital age in terms of dynamic change. Presents a state-of-the-art collection of original readings relating to new media in terms of dynamic change. Features inte...
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Our paper approaches Twitter through the lens of “platform politics” (Gillespie, 2010), focusing in particular on controversies around user data access, ownership, and control. We characterise different actors in the Twitter data ecosystem: private and institutional end users of Twitter, commercial data resellers such as Gnip and DataSift, data sci...
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Lists and Social Media Lists have long been an ordering mechanism for computer-mediated social interaction. While far from being the first such mechanism, blogrolls offered an opportunity for bloggers to provide a list of their peers; the present generation of social media environments similarly provide lists of friends and followers. Where blogrol...
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Twitter has become a major instrument for the rapid dissemination and subsequent debate of news stories, and comprehensive methodologies for systematic research into news discussion on Twitter are beginning to emerge. This paper outlines innovative approaches for large-scale quantitative research into how Twitter is used to discuss and cover the ne...
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This article explores how queer digital storytellers understand and mobilize concepts of privacy and publicness as they engage in everyday activism through creating and sharing personal stories designed to contribute to cultural and political debates. Through the pre-production, production, and distribution phases of digital storytelling workshops...
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This paper draws on a larger study of the uses of Australian user-created content and online social networks to examine the relationships between professional journalists and highly engaged Australian users of political media within the wider media ecology, with a particular focus on Twitter. It uses an analysis of topic-based conversation networks...
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Twitter is now well-established as an important platform for real-time public communication. Twitter research continues to lag behind these developments, with many studies remaining focussed on individual case studies and utilising homegrown, ideosyncratic, non-repeatable and non-verifiable research methodologies. While the development of a full-bl...
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This article reports on a research program that has developed new methodologies for mapping the Australian blogosphere and tracking how information is disseminated across it. The authors improve on conventional web crawling methodologies in a number of significant ways: First, the authors track blogging activity as it occurs, by scraping new blog p...
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Institutions of public memory are increasingly undertaking co-creative media initiatives in which community members create content with the support of institutional expertise and resources. This paper discusses one such initiative: the State Library of Queensland’s ‘Responses to the Apology’, which used a collaborative digital storytelling methodol...
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YouTube is one of the most well-known and widely discussed sites of participatory media in the contemporary online environment, and it is the first genuinely mass-popular platform for user-created video. In this timely and comprehensive introduction to how YouTube is being used and why it matters, Burgess and Green discuss the ways that it relates...
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Traditional media are under assault from digital technologies. Online advertising is eroding the financial basis of newspapers and television, demarcations between different forms of media are fading, and audiences are fragmenting. We can podcast our favourite radio show, data accompanies television programs, and we catch up with newspaper stories...
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The Idea of Participatory Public HistoryThe “Sharing Stories” ProjectReconfiguring the Digital Storytelling WorkshopReflection and EvaluationRethinking Digital LiteracyConclusion
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In this chapter, we frame YouTube as an example of “co-creative” culture – whatever YouTube is, it is produced dynamically (that is, as an ongoing process, over time) as a result of many interconnected instances of participation, by many different people. In order to understand these co-creative relationships, it is important not to focus exclusive...
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This paper examines the industrial dynamics of new digital media from the perspective of consumer co-creation. We find that consumer-producer interactions are an increasingly important source of value-creation. We conclude that cultural and economic analysis might be usefully united about these themes, and that situated creativity should be constru...
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We identify some tensions between formal education and informal learning in the uses of popular literacy since the nineteenth century, in order to argue for a ‘demand-led’ model of education in digital literacy. We go on to analyse three case studies – digital storytelling, the Flickr photosharing site, and the MMOG (massively multiplayer online ga...
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The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) provides a wide range of primary and secondary material relating to family history research for the use of Queenslanders. As part of a new strategic priority Queensland Memory: Today for tomorrow, State Library commissioned a QUT research team to prepare this scoping document, which examines the current family...
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Television as HistoryNo Origin;No “It”1 Published Histories2 Cultural Institutions and Exhibitions3 Television on Television4 Pro Am TV History OnlineConclusion: The Future of History
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This paper draws on a content analysis of 4,000 of the most popular YouTube videos to analyse the dynamics of participation in the YouTube community in relation to theories of agency and situated creativity. A thematic analysis of the user-created videos within the sample was used to identify, firstly, the subset of videos that explicitly reflected...
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2006 marked the fiftieth anniversary of broadcast television in Australia. This is an appropriate moment to look at the ways in which television itself has become a historical object; to consider some of the ways in which television is memorialised. This paper is concerned with the historiography of television. It looks for the way that television...
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The insatiable interest in biography, memoir and historical stories that portray ‘ordinary’ people’s lives has not abated. It seems to reflect a natural human instinct to be curious about ourselves, the lives of others and our past. An abundance of New Media technologies have helped to popularise these genres, along with that of public and loca...
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The introduction of new media and information and communication technology enables a greater variety of formats and content beyond conventional texts in the application and discourse of public history projects. Multimedia and personalised content requires public historians and cultural community developers to grasp new skills and methods to make re...
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This review recognises and supports the State Library of Queensland's (SLQ) developing role as a leader in collection, preservation and access, as well as service and training provision, public engagement and creative innovation in oral history and digital storytelling. The review includes a comprehensive survey of the current status of the SLQ o...
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Be delighted with the digital stories of 'wild' backyards in Queensland. These stories were created in Innifail, Brisbane and Roma backyards. Digital Stories with learning resource about Wild Backyards - people describing their gardens, their native animals and habitat.
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The digital stories, information and games activities about refugees will enable you to develop an empathy and understanding of what it is like to flee from a homeland, to settle in Australia and adapt to new cultural experiences. Refugee journeys are explored and an insight will be gained into the family values that are important to diverse multic...
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This article discusses a pilot project that adapted the methods of digital storytelling and oral history to capture a range of personal responses to the official Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples delivered by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 13 February 2008. The project was an initiative of State Library of Queensland and resulted in a small c...
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Livingstone (2004) proposes that most discussions of new media literacy are characterised by historically unresolved tensions between 'critical' or 'enlightenment' views of literacy - polarised philosophical positions that see literacy as a normative and exclusionary construction on the one hand (the 'critical' view); or as an aid to progress and e...
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Digital Storytelling (by which I mean the model associated with the Center for Digital Storytelling and adapted by Daniel Meadows for Capture Wales BBC) as a ‘movement’ is explicitly designed to amplify the ordinary voice. It aims not only to remediate vernacular creativity, but to legitimate it as a relatively autonomous and worthwhile contributio...
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This paper considers the question, ‘what is co-creative media, and why is it a useful idea in social media research’? The term ‘co-creative media’ is now used by Creative Industries researchers at QUT to describe their digital storytelling practices. Digital storytelling is a set of collaborative digital media production techniques that have been u...
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In the policy imagination, the practice of citizenship has conventionally been separated from entertainment, leisure and consumption activities. This interpretation is based on a traditional but narrow view of the public sphere that focuses on political and civic rights and responsibilities. According to this view, the cultural dimensions of citize...

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... Over the last few decades, studies have intensified their focus on assessing the negative impacts of global warming or the rampant increase in greenhouse gases on our daily lives. This man-made condition has severely affected the climate in a very harmful way, severely affecting human health and economic growth [16] . Mainly, the reports clearly showed that environmental conditions, food production, and access to water are the aspects that are being seriously affected, which has already caused some damage. ...
... On the one hand, it encounters challenges such as complex international environment, great downward pressure on the economy, and slow industrial transformation. On the other hand, the country is also in an environment of major opportunities such as the vigorous rise of new technology revolution and the integration and interconnection of data resources [7][8][9][10]. Since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the traditional manufacturing industry has been greatly impacted, which has brought great challenges to economic development around the world, and has also triggered many people's thinking about economic growth. ...
... TikTok provides features enabling interaction, such as the duet function, that lets users create a video based on a previously created video, with both running together. In contrast, YouTube's platform does not facilitate the generation of content from posted content: there is no built-in way to reuse videos created by other users or to let users reuse one's own videos (Burgess et al., 2008). Such liberties and constraints on sharing content constitute part of the core functionality of social media platforms, and are therefore part of the value proposition that entrepreneurs offer users through their platform. ...
... Academic researchers are increasingly asked to demonstrate the impact of their work beyond traditional scholarly outlets as funding regimes call for the demonstration of the societal impact of scholarly research (Burgess et al. 2019). ...
... As a result, the news in these newspapers occasionally expresses people's feelings on various themes. Communication and information technologies have significantly impacted the world [18]. ...
... Researchers and social media platforms study and implement crowd and community-based debunking systems that leverage and synthesize the wisdom of the crowd to identify and correct potential misinformation. For example, based on dissemination patterns of rumors and confirmed truths posted after the 2010 Chile earthquake, Mendoza et al. suggested that aggregating the crowds' reactions to questionable tweets could help identify rumors [62]. Zeng et al. found that Chinese internet users actively engaged in rumor verification on social media by leveraging various information sources such as foreign news and experts after a disastrous crisis and were better received by authoritative debunking [62]. ...
... In fact, by working symbiotically with the platforms, news media organizations developed a high reliance on the digital giants to distribute its articles, which has devalued their content. A critical example is BuzzFeed, which used the shareability-a fundamental logic of social media platforms (Hurcombe et al. 2019)-to call the attention of the audience above the information quality; while these big tech companies took the opportunity to build their business by exploiting the media content. Thus, these tech companies with the power in their hands turned around and decided that they do not need these digital publishers anymore (de-Lima-Santos et al. forthcoming). ...
... As the definition suggests, GBV is not limited to physical violence. Indeed, the Internet has been proven to be the perfect medium for it (Suzor et al. 2019). One study has attempted to operationalize OGBV based on the most frequently reported acts which include unwanted messages, harassment, exposure to unwanted explicit materials, doxxing, and Page 2 of 8 Wirawan et al. ...
... Rieder and Hofmann propose 'observability' as a pragmatic way forward in '[r]ealigning structural information asymmetries between platforms and society' and for 'curtailing platform power' (2020). Critical scholars also study the consequences of content moderation practices, including online speech, terms and policies, and enforcement actions of digital platforms (e.g., Caplan and Gillespie, 2020;Crawford and Gillespie, 2016;Douek, 2021;Duguay et al., 2020;Gorwa et al., 2020;Gillespie, 2018;Klonick, 2018;Roberts, 2019;Rogers, 2021;Suzor, 2019). In short, there is both an academic and a societal need to better understand how platforms exercise governance and control. ...
... Neben der Expert:innen-Meinung ist auch die Einschätzung der Nutzer:innen ent scheidend. Dies ist insbesondere von Bedeutung, da Unterschiede in den Perspektiven Jugendlicher und Expert:innen bestehen, was die Nutzung einer App im Bereich der Sexualaufklärung anbelangt (McKee et al. 2018;Patterson et al. 2019). Eine App, die lediglich den Ansprüchen der Pädagog:innen genügt, wird von Jugendlichen vermutlich unzureichend genutzt. ...