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mw. dr. A. (Anne) Helmond

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur

  • Turfdraagsterpad 9
  • Kamernummer: 2.16
  • Postbus 94550
    1090 GN Amsterdam
  • Profile


    Anne Helmond is Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture . She is a member of the Digital Methods Initiative and App Studies Initiative research collectives where she focuses her research on the history and infrastructure of social media platforms and apps. Her research interests include digital methods, software studies, platform studies, platformization, app studies, and web history.

    In her dissertation on ' The web as platform: Data flows in social media' she has developed the notion of "platformization" to understand the dual logic of social media platforms’ extension into the rest of the web and, simultaneously, their drive to make external web data “platform ready”. Her dissertation received an honorable mention in the AoIR 2016 Best Dissertation Award for standing “to make a significant long-term impact in the field”.

    Anne’s work has been published in highly-ranked peer-reviewed journals such as New Media & SocietyTheory, Culture and SocietyMedia, Culture & SocietySocial Media + Society, Internet HistoriesFirst Monday, and Computational Culture.


    • Veni Grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for the project ‘App ecosystems: A critical history of apps’ (2017–2020).
    • Working Groups grant, Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), Germany. 
    • Cutting Edge Research Fund, Network Grant – Initiate. 'App Studies Initiative,' Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR), University of Amsterdam

    Visiting positions

    • May–June 2019, Comenius Professor of Digital Methods and Web History, University of Siegen, Germany.
    • April 2014, Visiting Researcher, Social Media Collective, Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA.


    Anne Helmond's blog

    Digital Methods Initiative

    App Studies Initiative

  • Publicaties


    • Dieter, M., Gerlitz, C., Helmond, A., Tkacz, N., van der Vlist, F. N., & Weltevrede, E. (2019). Multi-Situated App Studies: Methods and Propositions. Social Media + Society, 5(2). https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305119846486 [details]
    • Gerlitz, C. (Guest ed.), Helmond, A. (Guest ed.), Nieborg, D. (Guest ed.), & van der Vlist, F. (Guest ed.) (2019). Special Issue: Apps and Infrastructures. Computational Culture, 7.
    • Gerlitz, C., Helmond, A., van der Vlist, F. N., & Weltevrede, E. (2019). Regramming the Platform: Infrastructural Relations between Apps and Social Media. Computational Culture, 7. [details]
    • Helmond, A. (2019). A Plataformização da Web. In J. J. Omena (Ed.), Métodos Digitais: teoria‐prática-crítica (pp. 49). ICNOVA — Instituto de Comunicação da Nova.
    • Helmond, A. (2019). A historiography of the hyperlink: Periodizing the web through the changing role of the hyperlink. In N. Brügger, & I. Milligan (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Web History (pp. 227-241). Los Angeles: SAGE reference. [details]
    • Helmond, A., & van der Vlist, F. N. (2019). Social Media and Platform Historiography: Challenges and Opportunities. Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 22(1), 6-34. [details]
    • Helmond, A., Nieborg, D. B., & van der Vlist, F. N. (2019). Facebook’s evolution: development of a platform-as-infrastructure. Internet Histories, 3(2), 123-146. https://doi.org/10.1080/24701475.2019.1593667 [details]
    • Nieborg, D. B., & Helmond, A. (2019). The political economy of Facebook’s platformization in the mobile ecosystem: Facebook Messenger as a platform instance. Media, Culture & Society, 41(2), 196-218. https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443718818384 [details]


    • Bucher, T., & Helmond, A. (2018). The Affordances of Social Media Platforms. In J. Burgess, A. Marwick, & T. Poell (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Social Media (pp. 233–253). Sage Publications. [details]


    • Helmond, A. (2017). Historical Website Ecology: Analyzing Past States of the Web Using Archived Source Code. In N. Brügger (Ed.), Web 25: Histories from the First 25 Years of the World Wide Web (pp. 139-155). (Digital Formations; No. 112). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. [details]
    • Helmond, A., Nieborg, D. B., & van der Vlist, F. N. (2017). The Political Economy of Social Data: A Historical Analysis of Platform–Industry Partnerships. In 8th International Conference on Social Media & Society: Social Media for Good or Evil : Toronto, Canada, July 28-30, 2017 [38] New York, NY: The Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3097286.3097324 [details]


    • Gerlitz, C., Helmond, A., van der Vlist, F., & Weltevrede, E. (2016). App Studies: Platform Rules and Methodological Challenges: panel overview. In Selected papers of AoIR 2016: The 17th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Reseachers: Berlin, Germany, 5-8 October 2016 (AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research; Vol. 2016). Chicago, IL: Association of Internet Researchers. [details]


    • Berry, D. M., Borra, E., Helmond, A., Plantin, J-C., & Rettberg, J. W. (2015). The Data Sprint Approach: Exploring the field of Digital Humanities through Amazon’s Application Programming Interface. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 9(3), [222]. [details]
    • Helmond, A. (2015). The Platformization of the Web: Making Web Data Platform Ready. Social Media + Society, 1(2). https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305115603080 [details]






    • Gerlitz, C., Helmond, A., Nieborg, D. B., & van der Vlist, F. N. (2019). Apps and Infrastructures – a Research Agenda. Computational Culture, 7. [details]
    • Helmond, A. (Author). (2019). Computational Culture website redesign. Web publication/site, Retrieved from http://computationalculture.net/




    • Helmond, A. (2012). The Like economy: the politics of data and dataflows in the social web. Beiträge zur Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft, 10-13. [details]


    • Gerlitz, C., & Helmond, A. (2011). The Like economy: the social web in transition. In MIT7: Unstable Platforms, the Promise and Peril of Transition: abstracts and papers Cambridge, MA: MIT. [details]


    • Helmond, A. (Author). (2017). Gastblog: Internationale conferentie Web Archiving in Jeruzalem. Web publication/site



    • Helmond, A. (2009). Lifetracing. In S. Dietz, M. C. C. Gabriel, G. Lovink, N. Montfort, A. Bray, S. Dockray, J-A. Green, E. Navas, ... H. Thorington (Eds.), Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) Roslindale, MA: Turbulence. [details]


    • Gerlitz, C., van der Vlist, F. N., Helmond, A., & Weltevrede, E. J. T. (2016). App support ecologies: An empirical investigation of app–platform relations. Poster session presented at Infrastructures of Publics – Publics of Infrastructures, First Annual Conference 2016 of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 1187 "Media of Cooperation", .


    • Helmond, A. (2019). CAIS Working Group.
    • Helmond, A. (2017). NWO Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni.
    • Helmond, A. (2017). Cutting Edge Research Fund: Network Grant - Initiate.
    • Helmond, A. (2016). 2016 Best Dissertation Award (honorable mention).
    • Helmond, A. (2009). The Traces of a Networked Life.


    • Helmond, A. (2019-2020). Programme Committee Member, IIPC Web Archiving Conference, Montreal, Canada.


    • Helmond, A. (27-04-2020). De politieke economie van corona apps [Radio] Onder Mediadoctoren. De politieke economie van corona apps.
    • Helmond, A. (25-10-2019). Sociale mediabedrijven belemmeren onderzoek [Web] U-Today. Sociale mediabedrijven belemmeren onderzoek.
    • Helmond, A. (08-09-2019). Facebook overweegt de like te verbannen. Is dat nobel of berekenend? [Print] Het Parool. Facebook overweegt de like te verbannen. Is dat nobel of berekenend?.
    • Helmond, A. (01-10-2018). Internetarchieven [Radio] Onder Mediadoctoren. Internetarchieven.
    • Helmond, A. (10-04-2018). Facebook weet ook veel over niet-gebruikers [Print] Trouw. Facebook weet ook veel over niet-gebruikers.
    • Helmond, A. (19-08-2017). Zo kijken ze met u mee [Print] Elsevier. Zo kijken ze met u mee.
    • Helmond, A. (06-12-2015). Live liveness in realtime: mediawetenschappers over het fenomeen LIVE! [Radio] Amsterdam, http://www.amsterdamfm.nl/over-liveness-en-realtime-mediawetenschappers-over-het-fenomeen-live/. Live liveness in realtime: mediawetenschappers over het fenomeen LIVE!.
    • Helmond, A. (03-01-2015). Internetfilmpjes wereldwijde sensatie [Print] De Telegraaf. Internetfilmpjes wereldwijde sensatie.
    • Helmond, A. (16-12-2014). RTL Late Night [Television] RTL, Amsterdam. RTL Late Night.
    • Helmond, A. (06-11-2014). Facebook’s invloed op de Amerikaanse verkiezingen [Print] FunX. Facebook’s invloed op de Amerikaanse verkiezingen.
    • Helmond, A. (04-08-2014). De kledingvoorschriften van sociale media [Print] De Volkskrant. De kledingvoorschriften van sociale media.
    • Helmond, A. (02-08-2014). Facebook sterker dan ooit [Print] De Financiële Telegraaf. Facebook sterker dan ooit.
    • Helmond, A. (17-04-2014). Vind mij leuk en ik zal zeggen wie je bent [Print] De Correspondent. Vind mij leuk en ik zal zeggen wie je bent.
    • Helmond, A. (01-04-2014). Ophef Op Twitter [Print] NRC Next. Ophef Op Twitter.
    • Helmond, A. (02-12-2013). Big Data, vloek of zegen? [Print] Radio 1. Big Data, vloek of zegen?.
    • Helmond, A. (01-03-2013). Ik ben een like-junk [Print] Marie Claire. Ik ben een like-junk.
    • Helmond, A. (01-11-2012). De terreur van de like knop [Print] HP/De Tijd. De terreur van de like knop.
    • Helmond, A. (19-07-2012). Zoekcursus Google: altijd handig! [Television] RTL4. Zoekcursus Google: altijd handig!.
    • Helmond, A. (01-06-2012). Nog zo’n dataverzamelaar [Print] De Gelderlander. Nog zo’n dataverzamelaar.
    • Helmond, A. (18-04-2012). 50 MB aan tweets, adressen en al je nummers. Dit is wat Twitter van je weet [Print] NRC Handelsblad online. 50 MB aan tweets, adressen en al je nummers. Dit is wat Twitter van je weet.


    • Helmond, A. (speaker) (1-11-2019). The multivalency of web archives for platform and app historiography, Aarhus University.
    • Helmond, A. (speaker) (31-10-2019). Platform historiography: Using web archives to write platform and app histories, Aarhus University.
    • Helmond, A. (speaker) (31-10-2019). Websites, platforms, and apps: Examining the techno-commercial evolution of digital objects and digital ecosystems, Aarhus University.
    • Helmond, A. (speaker) (19-9-2019). Platformization, 6th Innovation in information infrastructures (III) workshop, Guildford, United Kingdom.
    • Helmond, A. (speaker) (22-5-2019). Digital Methods for Web History, University of Siegen.
    • Helmond, A. (speaker) & van der Vlist, F. (speaker) (1-4-2019). RMeS Workshop Appnography: Researching the apps of life and the life of apps, Research School for Media Studies.
    • Helmond, A. (speaker) (10-10-2018). De waarde van webarchieven – De commerciële evolutie van het web en app ecosysteem, NDE Studiedag ‘Het web gearchiveerd?’, Hilversum, Netherlands.
    • Helmond, A. (speaker) & van der Vlist, F. (speaker) (5-10-2018). Store, interface, package, connection: Exploring distributed infrastructural power, Amsterdam Privacy Conference 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Helmond, A. (speaker) (6-6-2018). Historical web and app ecosystems: Exploring the techno-commercial evolution of the web using web archives, Digital Humanities Benelux Conference 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Helmond, A. (speaker) & van der Vlist, F. (speaker) (24-5-2018). Speaking with Social APIs: Platforms and Third-Party Integration Networks, ICA, Prague, Czech Republic.
    • Helmond, A. (speaker) (29-4-2018). Using web archives and software repositories to examine the evolution of apps, Web Archiving: Best Practices for Digital Cultural Heritage, Jerusalem, Israel.
    • Helmond, A. (invited speaker) & van der Vlist, F. (invited speaker) (22-3-2018). Using Web Archives to Chronicle Platform Evolution, King's College, London.
    • Helmond, A. (invited speaker) & van der Vlist, F. (invited speaker) (21-3-2018). Evolving Platform–Industry Partnerships: Mapping the Social Media Marketing Ecosystem, Surrey Business School.
    • Helmond, A. (invited speaker), Weltevrede, E. J. T. (invited speaker) & van der Vlist, F. (invited speaker) (22-2-2018). Digital Methods in Context, University of Bremen.
    • Helmond, A. (invited speaker) & van der Vlist, F. (invited speaker) (2-11-2017). Platform Boundary Resources and Strategic Permeability, Digital Platforms and Boundary Infrastructures, Siegen, Germany.
    • Helmond, A. (speaker), Poell, T. (speaker), Rustema, R. (speaker) & Weltevrede, E. (speaker) (21-10-2011). From Virtual Communities to Social Networks, 1991@2011_Media_in_Motion Symposium of the Department of Media Studies.
    • Helmond, A. P. (speaker) & Gerlitz, C. (speaker) (11-5-2011). The Like economy: organizing value and the social, Platform Politics Conference, UK.
    • Helmond, A. (speaker) & Gerlitz, C. (speaker) (24-1-2011). Hit, Link, Like and Share: organizing the social and the fabric of the web in a Like economy, DMI mini-conference, Amsterdam.


    • Helmond, A. (organiser) & Stevenson, M. P. (organiser) (19-6-2019 - 21-6-2019). The Web That Was: Archives, Traces, Reflections, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Helmond, A. (visiting researcher) (4-2019 - 5-2019). University of Siegen (visiting an external institution).
    • Helmond, A. (participant) (16-8-2017 - 18-8-2017). The Crisis in Political Polling and the Rise of Data Mining, Norrköping, Sweden. A small hands-on workshop at Linköping University which tackles the supposed crisis in political polling and the hype around data mining approaches. (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Helmond, A. (participant) (30-11-2016). Data Politics, Data Markets and the Internet of Things, Dublin, Ireland. Workshop presentation on Mapping Platform Ecosystems (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).


    • Helmond, A. (2015). The web as platform: Data flows in social media. [details]


    • Dieter, M., Gerlitz, C., Helmond, A., Tkacz, N., van der Vlist, F., & Weltevrede, E. (2018). Store, interface, package, connection: Methods and propositions for multi-situated app studies. (CRC Media of Cooperation Working Paper Series; Vol. 4). Siegen: Collaborative Research Center 1187 Media of Cooperation. [details]
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