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Oliver Ngai Keung Chan


  • B.S.Sc., Government and Public Administration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • M.Phil., Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Interests

Metric culture; gig economy; sociology of quantification; critical data studies; politics of algorithms; the impacts of technologies on service work; urban communication; media and social movements


  • 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.