On 31 October, Centre for Internet Studies (CFI) at Aarhus University is hosting an open lecture with Anne Helmond from New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam.
The Centre for Internet Studies is excited to welcome Dr. Anne Helmond. Anne is Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. She is a member of the Digital Methods Initiative and App Studies Initiative research collectives where she focuses her research on the history and infrastructure of social media platforms and apps. Her research interests include digital methods, software studies, platform studies, app studies, infrastructure studies and web history.
The open lecture will be in Katrinebjerg, Incuba, Large Auditorium, Åbogade 15, 8200 Aarhus N.
See Anne’s abstract for the open lecture below.
"Websites, platforms, and apps: Examining the techno-commercial evolution of digital objects and digital ecosystems"
Anne Helmond, Assistant Professor, New Media and Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam
This lecture addresses how we can examine the changing nature of the web by focusing on (i) the evolution of its underlying infrastructure, (ii) the increasing commodification of the web, and (iii) its entanglement with platforms and apps.
It demonstrates a number of collaborative case studies that foreground how we may use web archives to study the techno-commercial evolution of the web. In particular, it shows how else existing web archives can be used, by moving beyond the single website/platform/app, its content, interface, users, or use, as main research focus.
It demonstrates a number of methods for reconstructing the historical context of websites, platforms, and apps. Instead of examining their users and usage, these approaches aim to reconstruct the larger context or ecosystem that these digital objects have been embedded in over time.
First, it demonstrates the value of historical source code analysis to analyse past states of the web. Second, it showcases an approach for determining and collecting archived platform and app materials. Third, it shows how we can use these materials to examine the evolution of social media as development platforms as well as advertising platforms. This enables us to understand and critique how social media platforms have interwoven themselves into the web and app ecosystem as well as the consequences of this entanglement.