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Stefan Baack

Stefan Baack was a research fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society.

His research was about the interconnections between hackers and data journalists and the related effects of ‘datafication’, the ongoing and increasingly ubiquitous quantification and categorization of culture and society.



Baack, S. (2018). Knowing what counts: How journalists and civic technologists use and imagine data. Groningen: University of Groningen. Publication details

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Baack, S. (2018). Practically Engaged: The Entanglements between Data Journalism and Civic Tech. Digital Journalism, 6(6), 673-692. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2017.1375382 Publication details

Baack, S. (2018). Civic Tech at mySociety: How the Imagined Affordances of Data Shape Data Activism. Krisis, 2018(1), 44-56. Publication details

Baack, S. (2016). What big data leaks tell us about the future of journalism – and its past. Internet Policy Review. Publication details

Baack, S., Velkova, J., Kubitschko, S., Ferrer, R., & Handler, R. (2016). Acting through technology: The proliferation of open source practices and its consequences. AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research. Publication details

Baack, S. (2015). Datafication and empowerment: How the open data movement re-articulates notions of democracy, participation, and journalism. Big Data & Society, 2(2). Publication details

Book contributions and chapters

Baack, S. (2013). A New Style of News Reporting. Wikileaks and Data-Driven Journalism. In Rambatan, B. & Johanssen, J., Cyborg subjects: discourses on digital culture (pp. 113-122). [S.l.]: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Publication details

Other publications

Djeffal, C. & Baack, S. (2017). Kunde, Zeitungsleser oder Aktivist? BürgerInnen im Kontext der Verwaltungsdigitalisierung. Digital Society Blog. Publication details

Baack, S., Badiei, F., & Hölzel, J. (2017). Blockchain technology: From privacy advocacy to supply chains. Digital Society Blog. Publication details

Baack, S. (2012). Gibt es ein ‘Open Movement’? Publication details

Lectures and presentations

Peripheral entanglements. How civic tech and data journalism expand and cement journalistic discourses and practices
7th European Communication Conference (ECC) "Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation" (Session: Data journalism: Studying a maturing field). Palazzo Congressi, Lugano, Switzerland: 01.11.2018 Further information

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Data journalism and its blurry boundaries: the relationship between data journalists and civic technologists
SciCAR (Session: Daten in der Demokratie). TU Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany: 26.09.2018 Further information

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Leaking: Nur Strohfeuer, oder Ausdruck einer nachhaltigen Veränderung im Journalismus?
#krassmedial: Gute Daten, schlechte Daten. ver.di. ver.di-Bildungs- und Begegnungszentrum, Berlin, Germany: 23.06.2018 Further information

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Fact-checking and journalistic discourse. The perceived influence of data driven non-profits in Africa
ICA Annual Conference 2018 (Session: Journalism's Truth Claims). Hilton Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic: 27.05.2018 Further information

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