(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.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 3
  2. Content

    Seiten 4 - 5
  3. (Dis)obeying Algorithms? Introductory Thoughts on the Power of Algorithms and the Possible Necessity of Resisting it

    Seiten 6 - 23
  4. The Dialectics of Dis-Obedience. Notes from the Crystal Palace

    Seiten 24 - 47
  5. Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence and Power

    Seiten 48 - 69
  6. Embodied Algorithmic Optimization. How Our Bodies are Becoming a Product of Code

    Seiten 70 - 101
  7. The Lock Down City and the Utopian Program of Open Interfaces

    Seiten 102 - 135
  8. Hacking Google Maps

    Seiten 136 - 147
  9. The Algorithmic Construction of Space

    Seiten 148 - 171
  10. Torn Between Autonomy and Algorithmic Management. (Dis)Obedience of Solo Self-Employed Working via Digital Platforms

    Seiten 172 - 193
  11. A Crack in the Algorithm's Facade. A Fundamental Rights Perspective on "Efficiency" and "Neutrality" Narratives of Algorithms

    Seiten 194 - 225
  12. When Search Engines Discriminate. The Posthuman Mimesis of Gender Bias

    Seiten 226 - 249
  13. Discrimination by Correlation. Towards Eliminating Algorithmic Biases and Achieving Gender Equality

    Seiten 250 - 293
  14. The Power of Algorithms and the Structural Transformation of the Digital Public

    Seiten 294 - 317
  15. Reclaim your Face and the Streets. Why Facial Recognition, and Other Biometric Surveillance Technology in Public Spaces, Should be Banned

    Seiten 318 - 341
  16. Identity 5.0: How to Fight Algorithms Online (Fast). Heuristic Compressions of Personality Concepts (Dis)Obedient to Algorithmic Power—from Film, Television and a Cult Classic Novel

    Seiten 342 - 371
  17. About the Authors

    Seiten 372 - 380
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17 March 2022, 380 pages
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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
kart., Dispersionsbindung, 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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