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Book Seminar: Algorithmic Institutionalism

February 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am AEST

Book seminar: Algorithic Institutionalism

Join us for an exclusive talk with Associate Professor Ricardo F. Mendonça co-author of Algorithmic Institutionalism.

Algorithmic Institutionalism is the first book to conceive algorithms as institutions in contemporary societies, focusing on different dimensions of how they structure decision-making and enact power relations. In many situations in contemporary societies, algorithms structure social interactions, resulting in patterns of action and human behavior in collective contexts.

The book contains three sections. The first section (Chapters 1 and 2) explains the underlying concepts of algorithms as institutions. It uses the analytical lens of institutional theories as a framework for studying algorithms to comprehend their social implications properly. The second section (Chapters 3 to 5) applies the framework of Algorithmic Institutionalism to make sense of recommendation systems, governments’ platformization, and algorithms’ deployment in security. The third section (Chapter 6) addresses the challenge of developing approaches to democratize the new political order. This section points to key democratic values that are relevant for contemporary societies constructing legitimate decisions.

Almeida, Filgueiras, and Mendonca discuss how algorithms are gradually occupying an institutional space in societies, deciding on different aspects of social life and shaping collective and individual human behaviors.


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Ricardo Fabrino Mendonça is an Associate Professor at the Political Science Department, Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). He is the coordinator of MARGEM (Research Group on Democracy and Justice) and a fellow at the National Institute of Science and Technology for Digital Democracy (INCT.DD). He is also a CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) Researcher.

Ricardo Mendonça works with democratic theory, critical theory, contentious politics, and political communication. He is one of the co-authors of Algorithmic Institutionalism: the Changing Rules of Social and Political Life (Oxford University Press, 2023) andone of the editors of Research Methods in Deliberative Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2022) and Deliberative Systems in Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2018). His work has recently appeared at the European Political Science Review, Communications of the ACM, Political Studies, International Journal of Press/Politics and IEEE Internet Computing.

Refreshments will be provided following the talk. 


February 14
10:00 am - 11:00 am AEST


Queensland University of Technology – Kelvin Grove campus
Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059 Australia
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