Reading Session: On Algorithmic (In)equality GOVERNANCE

This event is a collaboration between Future Based and Abdelrahman Hassan. Text is adapted from the official event page and is courtesy of the authors.

Reading Session 1: Governance

“The issue of algorithmic governance is a multifaceted one; code regulates itself, but also falls prey to already existing regimes of control. During this episode, we examine the relationship between algorithms and power structures, how they shape each other and how they shape the governed subject.
Theory: psychopolitics, walls, surveillance capitalism, capitalist realism and the case of china. This reading group is initiated and curated by Abdo Hassan, as part of the Future based platform.”

Main theme of the Reading Sessions:

“On algorithmic (in)equality, reading towards an exhibition.
The cyber space is a non-neutral space of constant contestation. Multiple dualisms ensue; the individual and the space, the individual and the platform and the individual with their own self-image. It becomes really important, then, to critically engage with the space, decolonize it and reclaim it. The hyper presence of the algorithm in our daily lives means our awareness and engagement need to be active as much as it is theoretical. This reading group ensures just that.
During the course of this reading group, we will look at the (in)justice which this contestation brings. Since the algorithm and its ensuing injustice are both ubiquitous, we will look at the various areas of human experience which they touch. The 10 areas detailed below grant us 10 sessions of discussion, and 10 opportunities to build a creative manifesto of the ideas discussed. The results of the discussion and the creative process will then be on display.”

About Future Based reading sessions:

“At Future Based we believe in the power of asking questions, questioning the status quo and analysing existing frameworks. We believe that philosophy can be a form of activism; by asking questions, raising awareness about developments in healthcare, in new technologies, in political structures, for example. But we also believe in gentleness, in adjusting opinions and accepting that there are often multiple truths. Perhaps then, the most important question to be answered is how to form a well-formed opinion in this jungle of (often contradictory) information.
We welcome you to the reading sessions on the future! Join our group of like-minded, curious nitpickers and hustlers. Under the leadership of the Future Based team, we will organize several reading sessions in which we will discuss different topics from different perspectives through close reading, discussion, but also some Netflix-ing, Youtube-ing and pop culture.”

Graphics: Dana Dijkgraaf