The Algorithmic Society: Technology, Power, and Knowledge

Marc Schuilenburg (Editor), Rik Peeters (Editor)

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We live in an algorithmic society. Algorithms have become the main mediator through which power is enacted in our society. This book brings together three academic fields – Public Administration, Criminal Justice and Urban Governance – into a single conceptual framework, and offers a broad cultural-political analysis, addressing critical and ethical issues of algorithms.Governments are increasingly turning towards algorithms to predict criminality, deliver public services, allocate resources, and calculate recidivism rates. Mind-boggling amounts of data regarding our daily actions are analysed to make decisions that manage, control, and nudge our behaviour in everyday life. The contributions in this book offer a broad analysis of the mechanisms and social implications of algorithmic governance. Reporting from the cutting edge of scientific research, the result is illuminating and useful for understanding the relations between algorithms and power.Topics covered include:Algorithmic governmentalityTransparency and accountabilityFairness in criminal justice and predictive policingPrinciples of good digital administrationArtificial Intelligence (AI) in the smart cityThis book is essential reading for students and scholars of Sociology, Criminology, Public Administration, Political Sciences, and Cultural Theory interested in the integration of algorithms into the governance of society.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon/New York
ISBN (Print)9780367204310
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

SeriesRoutledge Studies in Crime, Security and Justice


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