Research projects Media & Culture Within the research area of Media & Culture we are concerned with the social and democratic impacts of data technologies and AI as well as with key questions about media cultures and social change. Our Research We believe in publicly engaged research and we strive to make our research findings as available and accessible as possible. Many of our projects are aimed at informing policy makers and we work closely with different organisations to tackle context-specific problems. Our approach combines ethnographic methodologies with critical discourse analysis, organizational studies, platform analysis, quantitative methodologies, and participatory action research. Research areas Our research strategy is interdisciplinary, critical, and cross-cultural in nature and focuses on the following areas of investigation: AI Cultures and Data Futures Data Privacy and Data Rights Media Cultures and Social Change Social Media and Democracy Current research projects Human Error Project This research project combines anthropological theory with critical data and AI research, and aims to investigate the fallacy of algorithms when it comes to reading humans. More information can be found here: - Project details - Project website Child | Data | Citizen This research project examines the construction of children into data subjects, describing how their personal information is collected, archived, sold, and aggregated into unique profiles that can follow them across a lifetime. More information can be found here: - Project details - Project website Data Protection in Swiss Law Firms This research project aimed at gaining an in-depth understanding of the day-to-day practices and challenges among Swiss law firms within file sharing and data protection compliance. More information and the full project report can be found here.