Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Daniel Neyland
    Pages 1-20 Open Access
  3. Daniel Neyland
    Pages 21-43 Open Access
  4. Daniel Neyland
    Pages 45-71 Open Access
  5. Daniel Neyland
    Pages 73-92 Open Access
  6. Daniel Neyland
    Pages 93-122 Open Access
  7. Daniel Neyland
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 139-151

About this book


This open access book begins with an algorithm–a set of IF…THEN rules used in the development of a new, ethical, video surveillance architecture for transport hubs. Readers are invited to follow the algorithm over three years, charting its everyday life. Questions of ethics, transparency, accountability and market value must be grasped by the algorithm in a series of ever more demanding forms of experimentation. Here the algorithm must prove its ability to get a grip on everyday life if it is to become an ordinary feature of the settings where it is being put to work. Through investigating the everyday life of the algorithm, the book opens a conversation with existing social science research that tends to focus on the power and opacity of algorithms. In this book we have unique access to the algorithm’s design, development and testing, but can also bear witness to its fragility and dependency on others.


Science and Technology Studies STS Algorithm Online Behavior Online Search Activities Internet Activities Digital Space Algorithmic Effects Software Hardware Big Data Accountability Openness Transparency Computer Science Calculations Open Access

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel Neyland
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyGoldsmiths, University of LondonLondonUK

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