<unlike-us> billions: new email list on the impact of social media and big digital networks

Daniël Verhoeven danielverhoeven at deds.nl
Wed May 8 17:00:58 CEST 2019

Dear Geert,

More and more big international social networks like Facebook are 
replaced by private local social networks like Hoplr and Postbuzz. They 
typically lock up users in neighbourhood enclaves. Their services are 
differentiated. Hoplr offers 4 modules to city governments, intercity 
services and project developers: communication, citizen participation, 
insights, community work & care.

I'm starting to analyse them here in Belgium. Hoplr is present in 
Brussels (117 neighbourhoods), Brugge (9 neighourhoods), Ghent (44 
neighbourhoods), Antwerp and some smaller cities. They also roll out in 
smaller municipalities and are expanding to  the Netherlands.

Since I live in Ghent, I went undercover more than a year ago, as an 
ambassador (community manager) until they threw me out. I wrote my first 
impressions in this article:


Are there similar project in te mailinglist you propose?


Daniël Verhoeven

Op 8/05/2019 om 8:01 schreef Geert Lovink:
> Join billions by sending a blank email to 
> billions-subscribe at listcultures.org 
> <mailto:billions-subscribe at listcultures.org>
> Billions is a new old-fashioned email list for sharing information 
> related to the impacts of social media and big digital networks on our 
> lives and our communities. It’s a way for us to critically contribute 
> to and keep track of the unfolding stories of social media and big 
> digital across our planet, and to connect us with like-minded others.
> Researchers, activists, artists, ai/crypto/engineers, and curious 
> others are all welcome to join. Please share news items, academic 
> research and other posts that may be relevant to the topic.
> This list may evolve over time and become more defined, but for now we 
> welcome you to join and share news, events and other information 
> related to social media and big digital networks.
> You can join the billions email list by sending a blank email to 
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> <mailto:billions-subscribe at listcultures.org> - or reply to this 
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> Please note that your spam filter may identify emails from the list as 
> junk/spam - so please check your appropriate folders or whitelist the 
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> Please do share this invitation with others who may be interested.
> Thanks to the Institute of Network Cultures for facilitating the 
> hosting of billions.
> Best, Sam
> /Sam de Silva is an informal researcher, and implementer who has most 
> recently been working with the not-for-profit Internews to support 
> ////journalists, activists and coders in Sri Lanka and a number of 
> countries in Asia - and helping to support the good, and counter the 
> bad and the ugly of social media and big digital networks. He 
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