José van Dijck is distinguished university professor at the Utrecht University (The Netherlands). At the University of Amsterdam, she served as Chair of the Department of Media Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities between 2001 and 2012. In 2015, she was elected as President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences—the first woman in this position. Van Dijck’s work covers a wide range of topics in media theory, media and communication technologies, social media, and digital culture. She has authored and edited ten books and numerous articles. Her new book The Platform Society. Public values in a connective world, co-authored with Thomas Poell and Martijn de Waal, will be published in August 2018 by Oxford University Press.
Eszter Hargittai is Professor and Chair of Internet Use and Society at the Institute of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich. She studies how differences in people’s Web-use skills relate to what they do online. Her research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, Nokia, Google, Facebook, and Merck, among others. Hargittai is editor of Research Confidential and co-editor with Christian Sandvig of Digital Research Confidential, presenting a behind-the-scenes look at doing empirical social science research. She is currently editing the Handbook of Digital Inequality and a new methods volume.
Lina Dencik is Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC). Her research concerns the interplay between media developments and social and political change, with a particular focus on resistance. In recent years, she has moved into the areas of digital surveillance and the politics of data and she is Co-Founder of the Data Justice Lab. Lina has written several articles and books, most recently, Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society (with Arne Hintz and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Polity Press 2018). Her current project, funded by an ERC Starting Grant, is ‘Data Justice: Understanding datafication in relation to social justice’ (DATAJUSTICE).