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Algorithmic resistance: Media practices and the politics of repair
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1643-7392
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5879-2130
2019 (English)In: Information, Communication and Society, ISSN 1369-118X, E-ISSN 1468-4462Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

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.

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Routledge, 2019.
Keywords [en]
User agency, algorithms, algorithmic cultures, media practices, algorithmic resistance, racism
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Media and Communications
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Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38803DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2019.1657162ISI: 000482997200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85071180362OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-38803DiVA, id: diva2:1346742
Available from: 2019-08-28 Created: 2019-08-28 Last updated: 2019-09-25Bibliographically approved

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