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


This conference sets out to explore the recent rise of algorithms as an object of interest in scholarship, policy, and practice.

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

EVENT:
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 rhe 500

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