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recent publications


Alimardani, M. & S. Milan (2017). Internet as a global/local site of contestation: The case of Iran”. In E. Peeren, R. Celikates, J. de Kloet & T. Poell (Eds.), Global Cultures of Contestation. (pp. 171-192). London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp. 171-192.

Beraldo, D. (2017). Contentious branding: Reassembling social movements through digital mediators. University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam. Retrieved from

Bracciale, R., & Martella, A. (2017). Define the populist political communication style: the case of Italian political leaders on Twitter. Information, Communication & Society, 1–20.

Milan, S. (2017). Human rights and the media/protest assemblage. In H. Tumber & S. Waisbord (Eds.), The Routledge companion to media and human rights. Taylor & Francis.  

Milan, S. (2017). “Data activism as the new frontier of media activism”, in Media Activism in the Digital Age, edited by Goubin Yang and Viktor Pickard, Routledge. 

Milan, S. (2017). Political Agency, Digital Traces, and Bottom-Up Data PracticesInternational Journal of Communication, Special Section ‘Digital Traces in Context’, edited by Andreas Hepp, and Andreas Breiter, Volume 12, 2018, pp. 507-525
Milan, S., & Gutierrez, M. (2017). Technopolitics in the Age of Big Data. In F. Sierra Caballero & T. Gravante (Eds.), Networks, Movements & Technopolitics in Latin America: Critical Analysis and Current Challenges. (pp. 95–109). London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Airoldi, M., Beraldo, D., & Gandini, A. (2016). Follow the algorithm: An exploratory investigation of music on YouTube. Poetics57, 1–13.

Gandini, A., Pais, I., & Beraldo, D. (2016). Reputation and trust on online labour markets: the reputation economy of Elance. Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation10(1), 27–43.

Gray, J., Bounegru, L., Milan, S., & Ciuccarelli, P. (2016). Ways of Seeing Data: Toward a Critical Literacy for Data Visualizations as Research Objects and Research Devices. In Kubitschko, Sebastian & Kaun, Anne (Eds.), Innovative Methods in Media and Communication Research (pp. 227–251). Springer International Publishing.

Kazansky, B., Kaltheuner, F., van der Velden, L., et al. (2016) Evolution and Sustainability of Digital Security Tools: An Exploration of F/LOSS Encrypted Chat Apps. WIKI Digital Methods Initiative.

Milan, C., & Milan, S. (2016). Involving communities as skilled learners: The STRAP framework. In Methodological Reflections on Researching Communication and Social Change (pp. 9–28). Springer.

Milan, S., & Velden, L. van der. (2016). The Alternative Epistemologies of Data Activism. Digital Culture & Society2(2), 57–74.

Milan, S. (2016). Liberated Technology: Inside Emancipatory Communication Activism. In Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice (p. 107). London: MIT Press.

Milan, S. (2016). Ctrl+Z: The Right to Be Forgotten, by Meg Leta Jones. Times Higher Education.

Milan, S., & Ten Oever, N. (2016). Coding and Encoding Rights in Internet Infrastructure. Sociotechnical Imaginaries and Grassroots Ordering in Internet Governance. Internet Policy Review6(1).

Wissenbach, K., et al. (2016). Exploring the fabrics of Civic Tech on Digital Media. WIKI Digital Methods Initiative.


Deville, J. E., & van der Velden, L. (2015). Seeing the invisible algorithm: the practical politics of tracking the credit trackers. In Algorithmic Life: Calculative devices in the age of big data (pp. 87–106). New York: Routledge.

Kazansky, B. (2015). FCJ-195 Privacy, Responsibility, and Human Rights Activism. The Fibreculture Journal, (26 2015: Entanglements–Activism and Technology).

Milan, S. (2015a). From social movements to cloud protesting: the evolution of collective identityInformation, Communication & Society18(8), 887–900.

Milan, S. (2015b). Mobilizing in times of social media: From a politics of identity to a politics of visibility. In Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest (pp. 53–70). Rowman & Littlefield.

Milan, S. (2015c). When algorithms shape collective action: Social media and the dynamics of cloud protesting. Social Media+ Society1(2), 1–10.

Milan, S., & Gutiérrez, M. (2015). Medios ciudadanos y big data: La emergencia del activismo de datosMEDIACIONES, (14), 10–26. Download the article

van der Velden, L. (2015a). Forensic devices for activism: Metadata tracking and public proof. Big Data & Society2(2).

van der Velden, L. (2015b). Leaky apps and data shots: Technologies of leakage and insertion in NSA-surveillanceSurveillance & Society13(2), 182–196

Züger, T., Milan, S., & Tanczer, L. M. (2015). Sand in the Information Society Machine: How Digital Technologies Change and Challenge the Paradigms of Civil DisobedienceThe Fiberculture Journal26, 108–135.

methods and epistemology of engaged research

Milan, S. (2014). The ethics of social movement research. In Methodological Practices in Social Movement Research (pp. 446–464). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Milan, S. (2010). Toward an epistemology of engaged research. International Journal of Communication, 4, 856–858.

Hintz, A., & Milan, S. (2010). Social Science is Police Science: Researching Grass-Roots Activism. International Journal of Communication, 4, 837–844.