Governing Algorithms Conference

NYU School of Law
May 16-17, 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?

This conference sets out to explore the recent rise of algorithms as an object of interest in scholarship, policy, and practice. Taking a fresh view on the current wave of interest in the topic, we aim to discuss themes such as:

  • 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
  • normative concerns
  • rules and regulations surrounding development and implementation

For more information visit the conference website.

The collection of videos from Governing Algorithms is now complete. The collection includes talks and comments by Paul Dourish, Tarleton Gillespie, Lucas Introna, Evgeny Morozov, Frank Pasquale, Claudia Perlich, Robert Tarjan, and many more. Catch up with the discussion from the beginning to the end at the conference website or at the NYU-MCC Vimeo channel.