Algorithmic Resistance : Media practices and the Politics of Repair

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Velkova , J & Kaun , A 2021 , ' Algorithmic Resistance : Media practices and the Politics of Repair ' , Information, Communication and Society , vol. 24 , no. 4 , pp. 523-540 .

Title: Algorithmic Resistance : Media practices and the Politics of Repair
Author: Velkova, Julia; Kaun, Anne
Contributor organization: Centre for Consumer Society Research
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Information, Communication and Society
ISSN: 1369-118X
Abstract: The article constitutes a critical intervention in the current, dramatic debate on the consequences of algorithms and automation for society. While most research has focused on negative outcomes, including ethical problems of machine bias and accountability, little has been said about the possibilities of users to resist algorithmic power. The article draws on Raymond Williams’ work on media as practice to advance a framework for studying algorithms with a focus on user agency. We illustrate this framework with the example of the media activist campaign World White Web by the Swedish artist and visual designer Johanna Burai. We suggest that user agency in relation to algorithms can emerge from alternative uses of platforms, in the aftermath of algorithmic logics, and give birth to complicit forms of resistance that work through ‘repair’ politics oriented towards correcting the work of algorithms. We conclude with a discussion of the ways in which the proposed framework helps us rethink debates on algorithmic power.
Subject: 113 Computer and information sciences
5141 Sociology
518 Media and communications
User agency
algorithmic cultures
media practices
algorithmic resistance
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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