Philosophy & Technology

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 499–505 | Cite as

Introduction: the Governance of Algorithms

  • Marcello D’Agostino
  • Massimo DuranteEmail author
Research Article


In our information societies, tasks and decisions are increasingly outsourced to automated systems, machines, and artificial agents that mediate human relationships, by taking decisions and acting on the basis of algorithms. This raises a critical issue: how are algorithmic procedures and applications to be appraised and governed? This question needs to be investigated, if one wishes to avoid the traps of ICTs ending up in isolating humans behind their screens and digital delegates, or harnessing them in a passive role, by curtailing their freedom and autonomy.


Algorithms Governance Delegation Knowledge basis Discrimination Black box Technological normativity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MilanMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of LawUniversity of TurinTorinoItaly

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