Taina Bucher

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Visiting address Gaustadalléen 21 Forskningsparken 0349 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1093 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Primary research

I study the relationships and entanglements between algorithms, social and political concerns – examining how users experience and make sense of algorithmic power and politics. My research includes the following topics:

  • Digital infrastructures and the platform power of Facebook

  • Algorithms from a sociotechnical perspective
  • Cultural imaginaries of digital tech and AI
  • Feminist media tactics
  • The political economy of APIs
  • Temporalities of the algorithmic media landscape 

I recently published the book IF…THEN: Algorithmic power and politics (Oxford University Press, 2018), which provides an account of the algorithmic media landscape. The book’s analysis pays close attention to the multiple realities of algorithms, and how these relate and coexist with our everyday lives.

Current research 

At the moment I work on three projects:

A book about Facebook for Polity Press (to be published spring 2021)

Analysis of users perceptions of and experiences with algorithms 

Cultural imaginaries of AI

I am a core member of the Screen Cultures research and teaching initiative at the Faculty of Humanities, and its affiliated Screen cultures master's programme.

Teaching and supervision

I teach and supervise digital media-related topics, including social media, digital infrastructure, cultures and practices of digital media use, media and communication theory, science and technology studies, screen cultures and technologies, cultural history of artificial intelligence, inventive methods, digitalisation of the public sector, datafication, critical data, - and algorithm studies.


2013 - 2019 Assistant and Associate Professor in Communication and IT, University of Copenhagen

PhD (2012) Media Studies, University of Oslo; MSc in Culture & Society, London School of Economics and Political Science

Visiting scholar at the New School, NYC (2015); Ryerson University, Toronto (2011); at New York University (2010).

Editorial board member

New Media & Society

Information, Communication & Society

Social Media + Society

More information

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Tags: Social media, algorithms, digital infrastructure, AI, screen cultures
Published Aug. 6, 2019 10:20 AM - Last modified Sep. 25, 2020 11:47 AM