To understand the social power of algorithms is to understand the power of algorithms as code whilst also attempting to understand how notions of the algorithm move out into the world how they are framed by the discourse and what they are said to be able to achieve foucaults 2004 foucault m 2004. The vast circulations of mobile devices sensors and data mean that the social world is now defined by a complex interweaving of human and machine agency key to this is the growing power of algorithms the decision making parts of code in. Introduction the social power of algorithms david beer 1 thinking critically about and researching algorithms rob kitchin 2 the algorithmic imaginary exploring the ordinary affects of facebook algorithms taina bucher 3 algorithmic if then rules and the conditions and consequences of power daniel neyland and norma mllers 4. The social power of algorithms david beer department of sociology university of york york uk abstract this article explores the questions associated with what might be thought of as the social power of algorithms the article which introduces a special issue on the same topic begins by reflecting. Social media architectures rely on code and algorithms which shape our engagement with the platforms while the notion and representations of algorithms affect and feed popular culture beer 2017
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