(Dis)Obedience in Digital Societies

Perspectives on the Power of Algorithms and Data

Algorithms are not to be regarded as a technical structure but as a social phenomenon – they embed themselves, currently still very subtle, into our political and social system. Algorithms shape human behavior on various levels: they influence not only the aesthetic reception of the world but also the well-being and social interaction of their users. They act and intervene in a political and social context. As algorithms influence individual behavior in these social and political situations, their power should be the subject of critical discourse – or even lead to active disobedience and to the need for appropriate tools and methods which can be used to break the algorithmic power.

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17 March 2022, 380 pages
ISBN: 978-3-7328-5763-0
File size: 11.1 MB

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Sven Quadflieg

Sven Quadflieg, Hochschule Hamm-Lippstadt, Deutschland

Klaus Neuburg

Klaus Neuburg, Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften - Hochschule Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel, Deutschland

Simon Nestler

Simon Nestler, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Deutschland

1. Why did you chose this topic?

Algorithms and data have an insane impact on our daily lives – they change us on an individual level, but they also have an enormous influence on society and politics. The topic is so huge and all-encompassing that it naturally exerts a great fascination.

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

The influence of algorithms and data on digital society is discussed frequently – but we are particularly interested in whether and how it is possible to escape this influence. Are there ways to break the power of algorithms? Can we be disobedient? Our book brings together very different positions from various disciplines in order to broadly negotiate the topic of algorithmic power through the discussion of disobedience.

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

The influence of algorithms and data is spreading with enormous speed – our publication selectively shows how different disciplines are shaped by this influence or how they can relate to it. Accordingly, our interdisciplinary book can serve as a starting point for internal discourses.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

The question is not so easy to answer – as citizens and part of this society, it would of course be exciting to discuss the contents with political decision-makers. As scientists, however, we are naturally interested in the theoretical exchange – and since the topic is interdisciplinary, there are hardly any restrictions here.

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

Since algorithms influence individual behavior in social and political situations, their power should be the subject of critical discourse – we want to fuel this discourse with this book by discussing disobedience in this context.

Book title
(Dis)Obedience in Digital Societies Perspectives on the Power of Algorithms and Data
transcript Verlag
28 SW-Abbildungen
Commodity Group
SOC052000 POL007000
Release date
17 March 2022
Medien, Gesellschaft, Recht, Digitalisierung, Design
Social Science, Design Theory, Media Studies, Computer Science
Society, Design, Media, Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Media, Democracy, Media Philosophy, Media Studies
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