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NYU Steinhardt Presents "Governing Algorithms: A Conference on Computation, Automation, and Control," May 16-17

May 14, 2013

Algorithms are increasingly invoked as powerful entities that control, govern, sort, regulate, and shape everything from financial trades to news media. Nevertheless, the nature and implications of such orderings are far from clear. What exactly is it that algorithms “do”? What is the role attributed to “algorithms” in these arguments? How can we turn the “problem of algorithms” into an object of productive inquiry? And what does this all mean for contemporary debates about automation and control in the context of “big data”?

This conference sets out to explore the recent rise of algorithms as an object of interest in scholarship, policy, and practice. Conference topics include: the very idea of “algorithms” as a subject and object of analysis; issues of methodology and the kind of knowledge claims that come with algorithms; the rhetoric of problems and solutions in which algorithms are mobilized; questions of agency and automation; conceptions of secrecy or inscrutability; rules and regulations surrounding development and implementation.

Speakers include, among others, Lucas Introna, Tarleton Gillespie, Evgeny Morozov, Daniel Neyland, Frank Pasquale, Claudia Perlich, and Robert Tarjan.

For a complete event schedule, visit: Join the conversation via Twitter: #govalgo.

Cosponsored by NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the NYU School of Law’s Information Law Institute in collaboration with INTEL Science & Technology Center for Social Computing.

Thursday, May 16, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 17, 8:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Vanderbilt Hall, Room 206, 40 Washington Sq. South (Thursday)
D’Agostino Hall, Room: Lipton Hall, 108 W. 3rd St. (Friday)

Mike Ananny, University of Southern California
Solon Barocas, New York University
Kate Crawford, Microsoft Research/University of New South Wales
Paul Dourish, UC Irvine
Tarleton Gillespie, Cornell University
Lisa Gitelman, New York University
Moritz Hardt, IBM Research Almaden
Sophie Hood, New York University
Lucas Introna, Lancaster University Management School
Matthew Jones, Columbia University
Karrie Karahalios, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Evgeny Morozov, Author of the “The Net Delusion” and “To Save Everything, Click Here”
Helen Nissenbaum, New York University
Claudia Perlich, m6d/NYU Stern
Martha Poon, London School of Economics and Political Science
Phoebe Sengers, Cornell University
Robert E. Tarjan, Princeton University
Tal Zarsky, University of Haifa
Malte Ziewitz, New York University

Media interested in covering the event, please contact Courtney Bowe in the NYU Office of Public Affairs at or 212.998.6797. To be added to the event waitlist, visit:

About the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication (@mccNYU)
Media, Culture, and Communication, a department within NYU Steinhardt, advances scholarship in all areas of technology and society, with expertise in global media, digital media, and media history. To discover more about MCC, visit:

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (@nyusteinhardt)
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media, and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to explore the human experience through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit:


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In Two-Day Conference, Steinhardt Seeks to Answer, "What Exactly is it that Algorithms Do” ?

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