Workshop on Experiments with Algo-governance and Future-Making: STS Scholars as Designers
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Participants will offer their algo-governance prototypes, scenarios & projects to the group for experiencing, modifying, experiment with and reflecting. We will create a Github page and a small booklet with examples of algo-governance experiments and prototypes that try to embed regulations into code and algorithms or show attempts to define standards, specifications, constraints for design, auditing, testing or certifying emerging infrastructures (blockchain, DLTs, machine learning, AIs, autonomous robots). The main problem with code-centered, rule-based systems promising automated and blockchain or AI-driven futures is their democratic deficit and ahistorical narrative of some deep structures (of human or social behavior and politics) behind the code that remains a black box even if it is ?open source?. We would like to respond to this by experimenting and testing with alternatives to the algo-governance attempts to reduce the political and historical processes of deliberation and consensus-building into decontextualized game theory concepts or various proposals to crowdsource data and attitudes. Can we make the actual code of our future infrastructures more historical and contextual, open to political deliberation and engagement? How to connect the conceptual and historical depths of the governance concepts and ideas with the flexible and experimental approaches of prototyping and testing?