Data Publics 2017, Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA), Lancaster University, UK, 2 April 2017. – Photo by Anne Helmond.

Profile

Fernando N. van der Vlist, BDes (WdKA) MA (UvA), is PhD candidate and research associate, “Media of Cooperation” (DFG Collab. Res. Centre 1187) [German: „Medien der Kooperation“], University of Siegen, DE; lecturer in New Media and Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam, NL (Dept. of Media Studies); member (research associate), Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam); and co-founding member, App Studies Initiative. Additionally, he is an independent graphical information designer and a former member of Utrecht Data School (Utrecht University, NL).

His current research examines the social, cultural, and political significance of calculation.+ This includes the study of calculative devices, logics, analytical techniques and practices (particularly related to digital methods, mobile apps, social media, and social advertising), and the production and circulation of numbers and metrics within and beyond digital environments (e.g., web, platforms, and apps). These are also central themes in his ongoing doctoral research project, titled “Calculative Cultures: Investigating Media of Calculation and Their Consequences”.

His academic research is published in quality open access, peer-reviewed journals like Big Data & Society, Surveillance & Society, and Internet Policy Review and includes contributions to international conferences and workshops like the biannual Internet, Politics, and Policy (IPP) conferences, the annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), and the International Conference on Social Media & Society (#SMSociety). Additionally he has contributed to a variety of professional and trade publications and art exhibitions.

In addition to research output and activities, he has multiple years of experience in teaching courses on topics related to new media, digital culture, and digital methods at the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, and Utrecht Data School, and has co-organised several sizable academic events like the annual Digital Methods Summer School and the Digital Methods Winter School, Data Sprint and Mini-Conference.

Focus Areas

Digital Media and Methods
New Media and Digital Culture
Information Technologies in Science and Society

Research Interests

Software Studies
Digital Methods
Issue Mapping
Internet Studies
Platform Studies
Computational Culture
Critical Data Studies
Information Design
Politics of Method
Social Media
Mobile Apps
Social Advertising
Big Data
Algorithms
Data Visualisation
Résumé
Selected Research Experience
Research

July 2016 – Present (ongoing). Doctoral Researcher in Media Studies. University of Siegen, Faculty I: Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Herrengarten 3, 57072 Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. <http://www.uni-siegen.de/>.

July 2016 – Present (ongoing). Research Assoc. with the Digital Methods Initiative. University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT Amsterdam, the Netherlands. <https://www.digitalmethods.net/>.

July 2016 – Present (ongoing). Research Assoc. with “Media of Cooperation” (DFG Collab. Res. Centre 1187). University of Siegen, Faculty I: Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Herrengarten 3, 57076 Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. <https://www.uni-siegen.de/> / <http://www.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de/>.

Feb. 2016 – July 2016 (6 months). Research Asst. with “Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging” (ERC CONNECTINGEUROPE). Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON). Muntstraat 2–2 A (Kromme Nieuwegracht 20, 22), 3512 EV Utrecht, the Netherlands. <http://www.uu.nl/> / <http://connectingeuropeproject.eu/>.

Feb. 2016 – July 2016 (6 months). Research Asst. with Utrecht Data School. Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON). Muntstraat 2–2 A (Kromme Nieuwegracht 20, 22), 3512 EV Utrecht, the Netherlands. <http://www.uu.nl/> / <http://www.dataschool.nl/>.

Sept. 2014 – May 2015 (9 months). Research Asst. to Dr. B. (Bernhard) Rieder, assoc. prof. of New Media and Digital Culture. University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, Dept. of Media Studies. Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT Amsterdam, the Netherlands. <http://www.uva.nl/>.

Feb. 2014 – July 2015 (1 year, 6 months). Research Master's Student in Media Studies. University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, Graduate School of Humanities. Spuistraat 134, 1012 VB Amsterdam, the Netherlands. <http://gsh.uva.nl/>.

Selected Teaching Experience

Aug. 2016 – Present (ongoing). Lecturer in New Media and Digital Culture. University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, Dept. of Media Studies. Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT Amsterdam, the Netherlands. <http://www.uva.nl/>.

Feb. 2016 – July 2016 (6 months). Lecturer in Digital Methods. Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, Dept. of Media and Culture Studies / Utrecht Data School. Muntstraat 2–2 A (Kromme Nieuwegracht 20, 22), 3512 EV Utrecht, the Netherlands. <http://www.uu.nl/> / <http://www.dataschool.nl/>.

Sept. 2015 – Jan. 2016 (6 months). Lecturer in New Media and Digital Culture. University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, Dept. of Media Studies. Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT Amsterdam, the Netherlands. <http://www.uva.nl/>.

Feb. 2014 – Aug. 2015 (1 year, 7 months). Teaching Asst. in Media and Culture. University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, Dept. of Media Studies. Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT Amsterdam, the Netherlands <http://www.uva.nl/>.

Selected Design Experience

July 2012 – Present (ongoing). Independent Graphical Information Designer. fernandovandervlist.nl. Amsterdam, the Netherlands. <https://www.fernandovandervlist.nl/>.

Nov. 2011 – May 2012 (7 months). Asst. Designer. Mind Design / Gedankendesign. Het Sieraad, Postjesweg 1, 1057 DT Amsterdam, the Netherlands. <http://www.minddesign.info/>.

Aug. 2011 – Oct. 2011 (3 months). Asst. Designer. The World as Flatland (formerly Information Design Studio). Kuipersstraat 72-HS, 1074 EN Amsterdam, the Netherlands. <http://www.theworldasflatland.net/>.

Selected Scholarly Publications
Articles  › Refereed Journal Articles

van der Vlist, Fernando N. “Counter-Mapping Surveillance: A Critical Cartography of Mass Surveillance Technology After Snowden.” Surveillance & Society 15.1 (2017): 137–157. Eds. David Murakami Wood and Steve T. Wright. Kingston, ON: Surveillance Studies Network, Queen's University. <http://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/
surveillance-and-society/article/view/countermapping
>.

van der Vlist, Fernando N. “Accounting for the social: Commensuration and Big Data practices at Facebook.” Big Data & Society 3.1 (January–June 2016): 1–16. Ed. Evelyn S. Ruppert. London: SAGE Publications. Print. doi:10.1177/2053951716631365.

Articles  › Refereed Conference Proceedings

Helmond, Anne, David Nieborg, and Fernando N. van der Vlist. “The Political Economy of Social Data: A Historical Analysis of Platform–Industry Partnerships.” Proceedings of the 8th 2017 International Conference on Social Media 8th International Conference on Social Media & Society (SMSociety’17). Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. 28–30 July 2017. New York, NY: ACM Publications, 2017. Print. doi:10.1145/3097286.3097324.

Articles  › Editorials, Opinions, and Letters

van der Vlist, Fernando N. and Anne Helmond. “Speculative data selfies.” Internet Policy Review (March 2017): n. pag. Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), 1 Mar. 2017. Web. <https://policyreview.info/articles/news/speculative-data-selfies/449>.

Books  › Books & Theses

van der Vlist, Fernando N. “The Making of Predictions: Social Media-Based Prediction and Its Resources, Techniques, and Applications.” Supervised by Bernhard Rieder. Scripties Online. Digital Academic Repository, University of Amsterdam, 2015. i–x, 1–79, A1–A30. Web. <http://dare.uva.nl/en/scriptie/569838>.

Other  › Posters

Carolin Gerlitz, Fernando N. van der Vlist, Anne Helmond, and Esther J. T. Weltevrede. “App support ecologies: An empirical investigation of app–platform relations.” 1st Annual Conference of the Collaborative Research Center 1187 “Media of Cooperation”: “Infrastructures of Publics – Publics of Infrastructures”. Designed and presented by Fernando N. van der Vlist. Artur-Woll-Haus, University of Siegen. Am Eichenhang 50, 57076 Siegen, Germany. 8–10 Dec. 2016. Print / Scientific Poster. <http://bit.ly/app-support-ecologies>.

Other  › Diagrams

van Dijck, José F. T. M, Thomas Poell, and B. G. Martijn de Waal. De platformsamenleving: Strijd om publieke waarden in een online wereld. Illus. Fernando N. van der Vlist. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016. 1–180 (23, 32, 156, 158–159). Print. ISBN: 978-9462984615.

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