The Power of Algorithms?
Shopping on Amazon, searching with Google, communicating on social networking sites like Facebook – in all these cases algorithms are at work. They organize and rule the attention economy of the media.
The IPS Winter School "The Power of Algorithms?" discusses these technical observers from a sociological point of view:
- What are algorithms actually doing?
- When and how do they shape the social?
- How is that observable for sociology when most algorithms still are a business secret?
For example, you will participate in workshops and lectures on
- "Algorithms and Predictions"
- "Facebook and the annoying quest for the perfect algorithm”
- "Algorithms and Innovation”
- "Data construction of communications. Communicative construction of data. A sociological overview"
- Qualitative Methods
- Big Data
- Social Media
- Social Networks
Two Levels of Discussion
The Winter School offers two different levels of discussion:
- On the one hand there will be a more theoretical discussion with experts from sociology about how Big Data can be perceived sociologically.
- On the other hand there will be a discussion with experts from practice, like journalists and politicians. How do they deal with algorithms in their daily routines when they organize publics?
Classes will include lectures, group discussions and activities allowing students to participate and engage in course activities. You will work with
- Professor Elke Wagner (Professorship of Sociology and Qualitative Methods of Empirical Social Research, University of Würzburg)
- Professor Christiane Gross (Chair of Quantitative Methods of Empirical Social Research, University of Würzburg)
- Dr. Jan-Hendrik Passoth (Munich Center for Technology in Society, TU München, and University of Passau)
- Niklas Barth (LMU München) will talk about "Data construction of communications. Communicative construction of data. A sociological overview“
- Kurt Jaeger (Forum Computer Scientists for Peace and Social Responsibility) will talk about "Algorithms and Predictions"
- Gregor Schmalzried (Journalist at Zündfunk, Bavarian Broadcasting) will talk about "Facebook and the annoying quest for the perfect algorithm”
- Prof. Dr. Franz Liebl (Universität der Künste Berlin) will talk about "Algorithms and Innovation”
- Prof. Dr. Herbert Kalthoff (Universität Mainz)
as well as other staff members (changes to the programme possible).
Produce Data Yourself
Additionally, all participants are invited to produce data on the topic of algorithms themselves:
- Which experiences in dealing with Big Data have been made?
- How are algorithms and their organization modus imagined?