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Towards Theories of Digital Well-Being

Update: Preprint posted Update: Video Abstract https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-GwpXr5Vio How can we live a good life both thanks to and despite the constant use of digital ICTs? A theoretical framework, Digital Well-Being Theory, is outlined that focuses on the mechanisms between digital ICT use and well-being by analyzing concomitant harms and benefits associated with individual’s digital behaviors, … Continue reading Towards Theories of Digital Well-Being

Book Review: The Digital Divide

This is a preprint version of a review published in New Media & Society. [PDF] Perhaps because by the 2010s four in five people were using the Internet in many regions of the world, the digital divide appeared fixed. This book, however, is a reminder of the continued social relevance of inequalities in access to, … Continue reading Book Review: The Digital Divide

AI for Civil Society Participation in Policy-Making: A Digital Inequality Perspective

This post is an adaptation of an invited presentation given at the Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Civil Society Participation in Policy-Making Processes in December 2020, hosted by the Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva. Under what conditions can artificial intelligence support the participation of civil society in policy-making? AI is part of the larger … Continue reading AI for Civil Society Participation in Policy-Making: A Digital Inequality Perspective

Smartphone Use and Academic Performance: A Pervasiveness Approach Beyond Addiction

New preprint posted with Tiziano Gerosa and Marco Gui: https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/up9xm In adolescents' everyday lives, critical moments for social and physiological well-being include sleep, school, time with friends, meals,… -- smartphones are often constant companions. Is that "problematic"? Instead of imposing an addiction frame, the new pervasiveness scale (Smartphone Pervasiveness Scale for adolescents (SPS-A)) assesses the … Continue reading Smartphone Use and Academic Performance: A Pervasiveness Approach Beyond Addiction

Journals for Open Media and Communication Research

If you’re looking for a journal that supports open science in communication and media research through open access, registered reports etc., we started a list. View and comment on the latest version here or download a static PDF here. Open media and communication research has many more aspects – see, for example, this summary by … Continue reading Journals for Open Media and Communication Research

How the Participation Gap Biases Group Evaluation

It is misleading to use the top performing individuals to compare groups of unequal sizes. Say you wanted to know whether men or women are better at chess or which country has the best athletes; using the top performers as representatives for each group (gender or country) would bias the evaluation simply because of group … Continue reading How the Participation Gap Biases Group Evaluation

“Predicting” Crime with Opaque Automated Systems

My contribution to this paper on predicting life outcomes was a model that predicted the "material hardship" variable and performed better than the baseline model even though, and this was the point, the selected predictor variables made absolutely no theoretical sense, i.e., they had no plausible causal connection to the outcome, they just happened to … Continue reading “Predicting” Crime with Opaque Automated Systems

Publishing Journal Articles

[pdf] Andrea Ruggeri's Rules of Thumb for publishing journal articles is probably a productive practical guide, particularly for PhD students. Some of the most vital information that many early stage PhD students may not know or get to know in formal training are that most papers get rejected, most published papers looked very different upon … Continue reading Publishing Journal Articles

Publications on Digital Overuse and on the Chilling Effects of Algorithmic Profiling

Digital overuse and subjective well-being in a digitized society For most people in Switzerland, effective Internet use is essential for everyday life. But the constant abundance of digital communication and information options can also be difficult to manage. Not valid in all dimensions, but imo still a useful analogy: ICTs are like food. The question … Continue reading Publications on Digital Overuse and on the Chilling Effects of Algorithmic Profiling