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A guideline for understanding and measuring algorithmic governance in everyday life


Latzer, Michael; Festic, Noemi (2019). A guideline for understanding and measuring algorithmic governance in everyday life. Internet Policy Review, 8(2):1-19.

Abstract

Algorithmic governance affects individuals’ reality construction and consequently social order in societies. Vague concepts of algorithmic governance and the lack of comprehensive empirical insights into this kind of institutional steering by software from a user perspective may, however, lead to unrealistic risk assessments and premature policy conclusions. Therefore, this paper offers a theoretical model to measure the significance of algorithmic governance and an empirical mixed-methods approach to test it in different life domains. Applying this guideline should lead to a more nuanced understanding of the actual significance of algorithmic governance, thus contributing to an empirically better-informed risk assessment and governance of algorithms.

Abstract

Algorithmic governance affects individuals’ reality construction and consequently social order in societies. Vague concepts of algorithmic governance and the lack of comprehensive empirical insights into this kind of institutional steering by software from a user perspective may, however, lead to unrealistic risk assessments and premature policy conclusions. Therefore, this paper offers a theoretical model to measure the significance of algorithmic governance and an empirical mixed-methods approach to test it in different life domains. Applying this guideline should lead to a more nuanced understanding of the actual significance of algorithmic governance, thus contributing to an empirically better-informed risk assessment and governance of algorithms.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:070 News media, journalism & publishing
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Communication
Physical Sciences > Computer Networks and Communications
Physical Sciences > Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Uncontrolled Keywords:Algorithmic governance, policymaking, reality construction, everyday life, mixed-methods
Language:English
Date:30 June 2019
Deposited On:06 Feb 2020 09:23
Last Modified:22 Jun 2024 01:41
Publisher:Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
ISSN:2197-6775
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.14763/2019.2.1415
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)