Imar de Vries is Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. His work primarily focuses on studying innovation discourses of wireless technologies, social media, and augmented reality. He obtained his PhD in 2008 with a media-archaeological and -philosophical study of how mobile phones developed to become quintessential personal communication tools, and he subsequently published on the subject in the book Tantalisingly close: An archaeology of communication desires in discourses of mobile wireless media (Amsterdam University Press 2012). He also published on mobile ringtones and identity performances, selfie culture, and archives in the digital age. De Vries is a member of the board of Media Lab IMPAKT and affiliated with Media Lab SETUP.