Application programming interfaces (APIs) are not merely technical objects for data access but have evolved into complex governance arrangements. We examine the relationship between the ‘technicity’ of platform governance–”governance of and by APIs–and the material conditions of a platform’s power. A new open access article by Fernando van der Vlist, Anne Helmond, Marcus Burkhardt, and… Read more API Governance: The Case of Facebook’s Evolution
We just published a new article (open accessðŸ”“): Helmond, Anne, David B. Nieborg, and Fernando N. van der Vlist. â€œFacebookâ€™s Evolution: Development of a Platform-as-Infrastructure.â€ Internet Histories 3, no. 2 (April 3, 2019): 123â€“46. https://doi.org/10.1080/24701475.2019.1593667. In this article we present a methodological approach for tracing a platform’s evolution using archived sources from the Internet Archive… Read more Facebookâ€™s evolution: development of a platform-as-infrastructure
David Nieborg, Fernando van der VlistÂ and I would like to circulate the pre-print of ourÂ conference paperÂ on ‘The Political Economy of Social Data: A Historical Analysis of Platformâ€“Industry Partnerships’. [PDF:Â SMSociety17_paper_138_preprint.pdf]. Abstract Social media platformâ€“industry partnerships are essential to understanding the politics and economics of social data circulating among platforms and third parties. Using Facebook as a… Read more The Political Economy of Social Data: A Historical Analysis of Platformâ€“Industry Partnerships
Fernando van der Vlist and I wrote an op-ed forÂ Internet Policy Review on Data Selfie, an open-source Chrome browser extension that collects and analyses data about your behaviour on facebook.com. Our article â€œSpeculative data selfiesâ€ discusses the plugin as a way of raising awareness through the datafied self. In theÂ piece we briefly describe how Data… Read more Speculative data selfies
An English version of this text has appeared in the Internet Policy Review. Een nieuwe versie van deze tekst is verschenen in de Correspondent. Heb jeÂ de nieuwe Data Policy van Facebook al gelezen? Of heeft u, net als vele gebruikers, de notificatie bovenaan in de nieuwsfeed zonder te lezen weggeklikt en de emailÂ van FacebookÂ genegeerd? Onderzoek… Read more De nieuwe gebruikersvoorwaarden van Facebook: Like of Dislike?
In “The Like economy: Social buttons and the data-intensive web” colleague Carolin Gerlitz and I looked into the way Facebook uses the technical infrastructure of social buttons buttons to create a data-intensive web. In this study we aimed to go beyond the interface level by analyzing the infrastructure of the Facebook Platform (API) itself. Recently,… Read more The Materiality of Facebook and Localizing the Cloud