Theme: Legal Tech
Automation in the legal sphere
Theme: News Recommendation
News recommender systems and democracy An article co-authored by Sarah Eskens, from the Institute of Information Law about the implications of automated news recommmendation for the democratic role of digital media, user rights and public information policy.
Theme: Computational propaganda
Automated influencing of opinion
Theme: Algorithmic racism
Reflections on the automated performance of notions of human race
Theme: Ethical bot making
Reflections on making ethical, activist or critical bots
Protest bots "A protest bot is a bot so specific you can't mistake it for bullshit". Mark Sample's call for the creation of bots that are "topical, data-based, cumulative, and oppositional".
Bot security and hybrid ethics Using an ecological approach Douglas Guilbeault looks at how social media propels algorithms into agency and the political problems this reveals, inviting a hybrid ethics, wherein humans and bots act together to solve problems in bot security and Internet ethics more broadl_ly. International Journal of Communication10 (2016)._
Critical Engineering Manifesto The famous Critical Engineering Manifesto outlines a fundamental critical (creative) ethics towards the practice of engineering. It also underpins the concepts of Julian Olivers' automatons.
Matteo Pasquinell (ed.) Alleys of our Mind Matteo Pasquinelli et al look into the cognitive, political, and technological composition of definitions of error, abnormality, trauma, and catastrophe in computing.
Benjamin Bratton: The Stack In The Stack Benjamin Bratton investigates how the different genres of computing, such as smart grids, cloud platforms, mobile apps, and the Internet of Things, form part of a new accidental techno-political megastructure, which can be understood as organised in the form of a stack.
Socialbots & their Friends: Digital Media & the Automation of Sociality A collection of academic texts about the role bots and algorithms play in the social lives of web users, and the critical questions surrounding them.
Bots, Bespoke Code and the Materiality of Software Platforms R. Stuart Geiger from UC-Berkeley School of Information's paper on the use of 'bespoke code' in Wikipedia, with a focus on bots, and how it relates to the discussion of regulating software systems through code. Information, Communication, and Society (2014)