Introduction: Ten years of WhatsApp: The role of chat apps in the formation and mobilization of online publics

  • Emma Baulch
  • Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández
  • Amelia Johns

Abstract

This special issue, curated by Emma Baulch, Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, and Amelia Johns, marks the end of the first decade of WhatsApp’s existence and offers a collection of essays on the importance of this technology in everyday life. Considering the rapid uptake and ubiquity of WhatsApp in places beyond the Anglophone world, including Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, and Spain, the seven papers interrogate the opportunities and challenges that the app affords to activists and ordinary users through its main features: end-to-end encryption, groups, and the forward function.

Author Biographies

Emma Baulch
Associate Professor of Media and Communication at Monash Malaysia
Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández
Lecturer in Digital Media at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Amelia Johns

Senior Lecturer in Digital & Social Media at the University of Technology Sydney

Published
2020-01-05
How to Cite
Baulch, E., Matamoros-Fernández, A., & Johns, A. (2020). Introduction: Ten years of WhatsApp: The role of chat apps in the formation and mobilization of online publics. First Monday, 25(12). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v25i12.10412