The Algorithmic Society: Technology, Power, and Knowledge (Routledge Studies in Crime) (Hardcover)

The Algorithmic Society: Technology, Power, and Knowledge (Routledge Studies in Crime) By Marc Schuilenburg (Editor), Rik Peeters (Editor) Cover Image
By Marc Schuilenburg (Editor), Rik Peeters (Editor)
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We live in an algorithmic society. Algorithms have become the main mediator through which power is enacted in our society. This book brings together three academic fields - Public Administration, Criminal Justice and Urban Governance - into a single conceptual framework, and offers a broad cultural-political analysis, addressing critical and ethical issues of algorithms.

Governments are increasingly turning towards algorithms to predict criminality, deliver public services, allocate resources, and calculate recidivism rates. Mind-boggling amounts of data regarding our daily actions are analysed to make decisions that manage, control, and nudge our behaviour in everyday life. The contributions in this book offer a broad analysis of the mechanisms and social implications of algorithmic governance. Reporting from the cutting edge of scientific research, the result is illuminating and useful for understanding the relations between algorithms and power.Topics covered include:

Algorithmic governmentality

Transparency and accountability

Fairness in criminal justice and predictive policing

Principles of good digital administration

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the smart city

This book is essential reading for students and scholars of Sociology, Criminology, Public Administration, Political Sciences, and Cultural Theory interested in the integration of algorithms into the governance of society.

About the Author

Marc Schuilenburg is Professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, VU University Amsterdam.Rik Peeters is Research Professor of public administration at the Centre for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), Mexico City.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780367204310
ISBN-10: 0367204312
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 30th, 2020
Pages: 204
Language: English
Series: Routledge Studies in Crime

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