Impakt TV with José van Dijck 24 November 2022

Digital Platforms, Data, Algorithms and our Democracy

24 November 2022 | 20:00 — 21:00


Professor José van Dijck from Utrecht University will be our guest at IMPAKT TV. Van Dijck is Professor of Media and Digital Society and is a top player in the international field of media studies. In her research, Van Dijck demonstrates the need to critically examine the influence of digital platforms, data and algorithms on our democracy.

Platforms such as Google, Apple, Facebook/Meta and Amazon play a crucial part in our digital lives and social interactions. These platforms have become steering forces in the ways in which societies are organised. With their algorithms, they promise instant services and personalised recommendations to make our lives easier. However, platforms are based on commercial values and can only be used in exchange for data about our online behaviour. In her research, Van Dijck investigates how this ‘platformisation’ impacts the ways in which societies are shaped, and explores how the digital society can be organised differently, based on public values such as privacy and autonomy rather than commercial ones.

This IMPAKT TV episode is hosted by Daniela Tenenbaum (assistant curator and IMPAKT) and Rosa Wevers ((PhD candidate Gender Studies at Utrecht University).

IMPAKT TV is live-streamed every month at Planet IMPAKT. For each episode, we invite an artist, journalist, researcher to discuss the latest news and trends in art, tech and media. We do this by asking them to share a video, meme, song or other viral content that inspired their work. The IMPAKT TV editorial team consists of Arjon Dunnewind (General Director at IMPAKT), Michelle Franke (head of PR at IMPAKT), Rosa Wevers (PhD candidate Gender Studies at Utrecht University) and Friso Wiersum (European Cultural Foundation, Expodium).
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Workshop Working with Twitter Data through Twi-XL

Date: 21 November 2022, from 14h-16.30h
Location: Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum
Signing up: please fill in the following form:

Are you a MA student, PhD student or researcher who is interested in working with Dutch Twitter data? Upcoming Monday November 21th, 2022 we will organize our second Twi-XL user community event. During this event, we will introduce you to one of the key datasets in the Twi-XL collection: The Dutch TwiNL database, which contains about 50% of all Dutch-language tweets from 2011 up to now. We will elaborate ways of using the Twi-XL API entry point environment and present a use case of the data.

The workshop will have an informal setting with a specific focus on the of the key datasets in the Twi-XL collection: The Dutch TwiNL database. The goal of the workshop is to introduce you to the Jupiter Notebooks and help you understand how to work with them in order to retrieve specific Twitter data up to the current day. We will also demonstrate a user case of how this data is used to study newssharing behavior on Twitter in the form of URLS in Dutch Tweets.

Please note that you do not need any experience with jupyter notebooks or coding to participate in this workshop. This workshop is for everyone who wishes to work with Dutch Twitter data for research purposes.

About Twi-XL

Twi-XL is a PDI-SSH funded project which aims to develop an infrastructure that enables SSH researchers to  systematically examine current and emerging public debates on crucial societal issues in the Netherlands. The project aims to provide researchers access to collections of Tweets, news articles, and web data.

Organisers: Iris Baas, Sarah Burkhardt,  Anne Kroon, Julia Noordergraaf and Marcel Broersma (on behalf of the Twi-XL team)


Note that we are hoping to organize the workshop hybrid. If this is something you would be interested in, please let us know via the google forms below.

Beeld en Geluid
Benglab 1
Media Parkboulevard 1
1217 WE Hilversum



  1. Introduction Twi-XL project
  2. Explaining the dataset; differences between TwiNL and the Twitter AP
  3. Explaining the Twi-XL API  and infrastructure
  4. Use case presentation: Newssharing on Dutch Twitter in the form of hyperlinks
  5. Exercise time: how to work with the notebooks?
  6. Feedback / round -up
  7. Drinks

Prepare in advance:

The Twi-XL api allows to perform queries on the full TwiNL dataset, and returns tweet ids. To retrieve the content of tweets, we will use the Twitter API. Please sign up for a developer account to get access to the Twitter API. You can do so here. A developer account is sufficient; for the workshop you do not need to apply for additional access (such as Academic Research). Within Twitter your developer portal, you should be able to retrieve the Twitter API Bearer Token. This token is needed for the workshop. Please email if you have any questions!

RMeS Workshop: Digital Detox, The Politics of Disconnecting

Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnecting

Workshop with Prof. Trine Syvertsen (Oslo)

When? Monday 28 November, see below
Where? Jaarbeurs, Utrecht
Coordinator? Prof. Dr Marcel Broersma (RUG)
Open to? PhD’s and research master students, max 20 participants


Why do users take a break from digital media or adopting measures to limit smartphone and social media use? How do media industries intensify the quest for attention, how do companies and governments team up to get everybody online, and how is the main responsibility for managing online risks and problems placed on the users’ shoulders?

On November 28, Prof. Trine Syvertsen (University of Oslo) will give a workshop for research master and PhD students on Digital Detox and Disconnecting. Based on her research and recent book, she will share her research insights and discuss with the participants how these concepts can be valuable for their own research.

The workshop takes place in the context of the Digital Society Conference with the theme “Safety & Resilience”. RMeS workshop participants are expected to attend Syvertsen’s keynote on “Resilience and resistance: Disconnecting from the digital attention economy” which is part of the workshop that starts at 13.30h.

Workshop attendants are invited to attend the full conference which showcases research and offers a great opportunity to connect with societal stakeholders. There is no conference fee, but timely registration is necessary via:

Participants are expected to read three texts in preparation of the workshop:

  • Framing digital disconnection: Problem definitions, values and actions among digital detox organisers (Convergence 2022)
  • Digital detox: Media resistance and the promise of authenticity (Convergence, 2020)
  • Offline tourism: Digital and screen ambivalence in Norwegian mountain huts with no Internet access (Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, 2022)

Participants who want to get course credits can earn 1 EC by submitting an essay of 1500 words max. in which they reflect on (an aspect of) digital disconnecting, in relation to keynote lecture and readings, and potentially their own research. Deadline: December 21. Please send your essay to:

Bio: Trine Syvertsen works in the fields of media history, media policy, television and digital media. She is the author of Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnecting (Emerald 2020), Media Resistance: Dislike, Protest, Abstention (Palgrave Pivot, open access) and co-author of The Media Welfare State: Nordic Media in the Digital Era (Univ of Michigan Press, 2014).

More information about and registration for the Digital Society Conference can be found here: