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Algorithmic governance: Developing a research agenda through the power of collective intelligence

Danaher, J; Hogan, MJ; Noone, C; Kennedy, R; Behan, A; De Paor, A; Felzmann, H; ... Shankar, K; + view all (2017) Algorithmic governance: Developing a research agenda through the power of collective intelligence. Big Data & Society , 4 (2) pp. 1-21. 10.1177/2053951717726554. Green open access

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Abstract

We are living in an algorithmic age where mathematics and computer science are coming together in powerful new ways to influence, shape and guide our behaviour and the governance of our societies. As these algorithmic governance structures proliferate, it is vital that we ensure their effectiveness and legitimacy. That is, we need to ensure that they are an effective means for achieving a legitimate policy goal that are also procedurally fair, open and unbiased. But how can we ensure that algorithmic governance structures are both? This article shares the results of a collective intelligence workshop that addressed exactly this question. The workshop brought together a multidisciplinary group of scholars to consider (a) barriers to legitimate and effective algorithmic governance and (b) the research methods needed to address the nature and impact of specific barriers. An interactive management workshop technique was used to harness the collective intelligence of this multidisciplinary group. This method enabled participants to produce a framework and research agenda for those who are concerned about algorithmic governance. We outline this research agenda below, providing a detailed map of key research themes, questions and methods that our workshop felt ought to be pursued. This builds upon existing work on research agendas for critical algorithm studies in a unique way through the method of collective intelligence.

Type: Article
Title: Algorithmic governance: Developing a research agenda through the power of collective intelligence
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/2053951717726554
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/2053951717726554
Language: English
Additional information: Creative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercial 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission
Keywords: Algorithmic governance, Big Data, algocracy, collective intelligence, interactive management, public participation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10085722
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