Lela was my third PhD researcher defending the thesis during the COVID19 pandemic. The campus was in lock down in February, so the ceremony took place in online-only format. It was quite an experience for me. It felt ‘distant’, although I knew that Lela had a lot of screen experience as a former news anchor in Georgia. She did not disappointment me. The online committee was very disciplined as well, which resulted in a smooth ceremony. Lela researched the politics of mobile code, which implies that her work is in the heart of current debates about datafication and algorithms. In a way, she provided quite a deal of historical context, explaining for example how Google earlier made claims as being ‘open’. Lela’s reception was also online for most of us. Later that week, I had to go to the campus in lock-down to sign her diploma in the front-office of EUR Facilities.