Class 5: Algorithmic management: Power and resistance in platform labour

Provided by Armin Beverungen, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Major Topic: What is algorithmic management, how does it work, and why is it problematic?

Lectures

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Core readings

Kitchin, R. (2017). Thinking critically about and researching algorithms. Information, Communication & Society, 20(1), 14-29. Online access via: http://www.kitchin.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ICS-2016-algorithms.pdf

Noble, S. (2019). Algorithms of oppression (first chapter). New York: New York University Press. Online access via: https://safiyaunoble.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Algorithms_Oppression_Introduction_Intro.pdf

Post-lecture assignment

How are we already algorithmically managed, for example, in social media? Which opportunities do we have to resist or reject this? Exemplify your response and assessment with a detailed example. (400-500 words).

Global classroom Leuphana/CBS (2020) specific: Post your response to our peer feedback tool, and comment on, at least, two student responses.

Additional Material

Kurgan, L., Brawley, D., House, B., Zhang, J., & Hui Kyong Chun, W. Homophily: The Urban History of an Algorithm, e-flux architectures, online access via: https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/are-friends-electric/289193/homophily-the-urban-history-of-an-algorithm/

Obermeyer, Z., Powers, B., Vogeli, C., & Mullainathan, S. (2019). Dissecting racial bias in an algorithm used to manage the health of populations. Science, 366(6464), 447-453. Online access via: https://escholarship.org/content/qt6h92v832/qt6h92v832.pdf