Taina Bucher
Taina Bucher

Associate Professor

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    Primary research areas

    My research centers on the relationship between digital infrastructure and sociality. I work at the intersection of media, software studies, and science and technology studies. I'm interested in the social and political concerns that arise from new forms of computational media, particularly the impact of algorithms and software on everyday life.

    • Algorithmic power and politics
    • Digital infrastructure
    • Social media platforms
    • Digital journalism and media innovation

    Current research

    My book on the power and politics of algorithms in everyday life, called IF...THEN: Algorithmic power and politics is forthcoming spring 2018 by Oxford University Press. 

    I am a collaborating partner in the research project Digitization and Diversity: Potentials and Challenges for Diversity in the Culture and Media Sector, financed by the Research Council of Norway (2015-2019). I'm looking at changes in news work and media production as a result of new digitization processes, focusing on the ethical, social and policy implications these processes have on notions of diversity. 

    I am a member of the research group Digital Communication and Aesthetics.

    Teaching and areas of supervision

    I teach in the BA and MA programmes of Communication and IT, including courses on communication theory, theory of science, and networked media. My areas of supervision include:

    • Social media platforms
    • Critical algorithm studies
    • Social and communication theory
    • Qualitative methods
    • Digital infrastructure
    • Internet governance


    Selected publications

    1. Published

      IF...THEN: Algorithmic Power and Politics

      Bucher, Taina, 2018, New York: Oxford University Press. 200 p.

      Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

    2. Published

      The Algorithmic Imaginary: Exploring the ordinary affects of Facebook algorithms

      Bucher, Taina, 2017, In : Information, Communication & Society. 20, 1, p. 30-44 15.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    3. Published

      ‘Machines don’t have instincts’: Articulating the computational in journalism

      Bucher, Taina, 2017, In : New Media & Society. 19, 6, p. 918-933 16 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    4. Published

      Neither black nor box: Ways of knowing algorithms

      Bucher, Taina, 2016, Innovative Methods in Media and Communication Research. Kubitschko, S. & Kaun, A. (eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 81-98 18 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    5. Published

      About a bot: Hoax, fake, performance art

      Bucher, Taina, 25 Jun 2014, In : M - C Journal. 17, 3

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    6. Published

      Objects of intense feeling: The case of the Twitter APIs

      Bucher, Taina, 16 Nov 2013, In : Computational Culture. 3, 21 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    7. Published

      Want to be on the top? Algorithmic power and the threat of invisibility on Facebook

      Bucher, Taina, 2012, In : New Media & Society. 14, 7, p. 1164-1180 17 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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