What is Mobile Privacy?

When was the last time you read the privacy policy of a mobile app before installing it? Every time I ask this question at least 9 out of 10 people turn slightly red and answer: “Eeehhmm…I have never read a privacy policy…” This is absolutely comprehensible, because privacy policies are usually very long, incredibly hard to read, and nearly impossible to understand. If we read every privacy policy we come across, we would need to take a month off from work each year! As certainly no one of us has the ambition to spend his or her holidays on policy reading (or do you?), the consequence of our ignorance is that we miss important information about the data collection and usage practices of mobi

“When Your Daughter Is Your Ears and Mouth” - Medical Communication via Family Interpreters

“Once I went to the gynecologist with my mom and I had to translate everything for her and I have to say- you really don’t want to know all that about your mom! I was really embarrassed!”. This is a quote from an interview I had with a young Turkish woman, who had been interpreting for her mother since her early teenage years – a situation very common to most Turkish migrants in the Netherlands. During the interviews, I heard many stories, sad and funny, but mostly describing the difficulties the young people had with interpreting for their family members. For instance, the difficult technical jargon the doctors were using, the embarrassing situations they had to overcome, and the heavy emot

Cultural change in the banking industry?

2015 has been a year full of changes for major European banks so far: Tidjane Thiam – the new leader of Credit Suisse; John Cryan – new CEO of Deutsche Bank; Bill Winters – chief executive for Standard Chartered since June; and Barclays announcing in July to watch out for a new CEO. As it appears, the banking industry has recently been undergoing a major rethinking and restructuring of its leadership. In fact, since the outbreak of the global financial crisis 2007-2008, large banks have been proclaiming a "cultural change" over and over again. In their corporate communication, they are highlighting their efforts to change their practices (e.g., focus on clients’ interests) in order to preven

Can news images affect support for foreign policy?

Vivid visuals from far-flung conflicts regularly occupy our news screens. The coverage of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is a prime example. Although geographically distant, images that are beamed across the globe can provide us with an immediate emotional connection: disgust and anger at picture of a to-be-beheaded journalist, fear at a masked militant, or sympathy for the millions of suffering refugees that lie in their wake. What is less clear, however, is whether emotionally charged news visuals can influence public opinion toward substantive policies. Indeed, scholarly knowledge of the role of images in media effects lags behind today’s increasingly multimodal media landscape. By Menen

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