School of Journalism and Communication, CUHK - CHAN, Oliver N.K.

CHAN, Oliver N.K.


CHAN, Oliver N.K.
Assistant Professor

B.S.Sc., M.Phil.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Cornell University


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icon research Research Interests:

  • Algorithms and quantification
  • Gig economy
  • Platform governance
  • Critical data studies
  • Metric culture

icon research Current Research:

  • Algorithmic labor management in the gig economy
  • Platform governance in comparative perspective
  • Imaginaries of (alternative) social media platforms

icon researchTeaching Interests:

  • Critical media and communication studies
  • New media and society
  • Algorithmic culture

 icon aboutAdvice to students:

Never stop questioning.


icon researchPublication List:

Journal Articles

Chan, N. K. (2022). Algorithmic precarity and metric power: Managing the affective measures and customers in the gig economy. Big Data & Society, 9(2). pdf

Kwok, C., & Chan, N. K. (2022). Datafication and implicated networks of demobilization: social movement demobilization in datafied societies. Social Movement Studies. Advance online publication. (Equal authorship) pdf

Butkowski, C. P., Chan, N. K., & Humphreys, L. (2022). Community internet of things as mobile infrastructure: Methodological challenges and opportunities. Media and Communication, 10(3), 303-314. pdf

Vasudevan, K., & Chan, N. K. (2022). Gamification and work games: examining consent and resistance among Uber drivers. New Media & Society, 24(4), 866-886.  pdf

Chan, N. K., & Kwok, C. (2021). The politics of platform power in surveillance capitalism: A comparative case study of ride-hailing platforms in China and the United States. Global Media and China. Advance online publication. pdf

Kwok, C., & Chan, N. K. (2021). Towards a political theory of data justice: a public good perspective. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 19(3), 374-390. pdf

Chan, N. K., & Kwok, C. (2021). Guerilla capitalism and the platform economy: Governing Uber in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Information, Communication & Society, 24(6), 780–796. (Equal authorship)

Chan, N. K. (2021). Anticipatory futures: Framing the socio-technical visions of online ratings and reviews in Wired. Communication, Culture and Critique, 14(2), 274–292.

Kwok, C., & Chan, N. K. (2020). The making of contentious political space: The transformation of Hong Kong's Victoria Park. Space and Culture. Advance online publication.

Chan, N. K. (2019). “Becoming an expert in driving for Uber”: Uber driver/bloggers' performance of expertise and self-presentation on YouTube. New Media & Society, 21(9), 2048–2067.

Chan, N. K. (2019). The rating game: The discipline of Uber's user-generated ratings. Surveillance & Society, 17(1/2), 183–190.

Duffy, B. E., & Chan, N. K. (2019). “You never really know who’s looking”: Imagined surveillance across social media platforms. New Media & Society, 21(1), 119–138.

Chan, N. K., & Humphreys, L. (2018). Mediatization of social space and the case of Uber drivers. Media and Communication, 6(2), 29–38.

Chan, N. K. (2018). Place-making and communication practice: Everyday precarity in a night market in Hong Kong. Space and Culture, 21(4), 439–454.

Kwok, C., & Chan, N. K. (2017). Legitimacy and forced democratization in social movements: A case study of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. China Perspectives, 2017/3, 7–16.

Su, C, & Chan, N. K. (2017). Predicting social capital on Facebook: The implications of use intensity, perceived content desirability, and Facebook-enabled communication practices. Computers in Human Behavior, 72, 259–268.