Understanding the Algorithmic Society: Concluding Thoughts

Marc Schuilenburg, Rik Peeters

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The chapter defines the algorithmic society as ‘a set of practices and discourses, implicating hybrid connections between governmental and private parties, that is underpinned by a repertoire of relatively new data-driven technologies, which adds new layers to the governance of society through own modes of knowledge, and particular ways of forming new subjects’. We argue that the algorithmic society produces social syntheses between different forms of technology, power, and knowledge. We draw together the various strands of the arguments of the individual chapters and the guiding theme of the book. The chapter offers five observations on the links between algorithmization and the governance of society. The chapter ends with directions for new research and further theorizing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Algorithmic Society
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology, Power, and Knowledge
ISBN (Print)9780367682651
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


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