Algorithmic Cultures research network

Website forthcoming @ http://www.algocult.org/

The project addresses the emergence of algorithmic cultures of decision making in the context of the digitalization of the public sector.

Despite the promise for opening up the process of knowledge production to the public, there is an increasing awareness of the risks associated with forms of technocratic governance which assume that complex societal problems can be treated as technical problems and addressed by technical solutions. However, algorithms should not be seen as neutral calculative devices.
Rather, digital technologies and the algorithms they embed, filter what can be seen, create novel ways of perceiving the world and new visibilities and invisibilities. Such concerns require nuanced theorizing that builds on insight into both the technological basis and the application domain.

We seek to develop empirical research and conceptual resources by bringing together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the humanities (Science and Technology Studies, History of Science, Cultural Studies, and Philosophy of Science and Technology) and computer science (Information Systems Research, Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Participatory Design) who are interested to explore issues and perspectives of algorithmic cultures.

One of our core aims is to initiate fresh interdisciplinary research that brings together scholars from computer science and the humanities. 

AlgoCult is funded by the Samkul program of the Norwegian Research Council (2018-19).

Management team:

  • Miria Grisot, Ass. Prof., Department of Technology, Krisitiania University College (research network manager)
  • Elena Parmiggiani, PostDoc, Department of Computer Science, NTNU
  • Margunn Aanestad, Prof., Department of Informatics, University of Oslo
  • Susanne Bauer, Prof., Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo