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Whose Future Is It Anyway? Limits within Policy Modeling
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2016 (English)In: LIMITS '16: Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Computing within Limits, ACM Press, 2016, 5Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the age of Big Open Linked Data (BOLD), we inhabit a landscape where future scenarios are imagined, modeled, planned for and embedded in policy. Between the euphoric techno-utopian rhetoric of the boundless potential of BOLD innovations and the dystopian view of the dangers of such innovations (e.g. ubiquitous surveillance etc.), this paper offers a critical understanding of the boundaries that are traversed by the implementation of BOLD within policy modeling. We examine BOLD as a tool for imagining futures, for reducing uncertainties, for providing legitimacy and for concentrating power. In doing so we further develop the LIMITs community's conceptualization of the societal limitations on computing, with specific reference to the assumptions, interpretations and trust that we place in these models when making socio-environmental policy decisions. We use an illustrative case of policy modeling, which provides a much-needed critical discussion of the inherent limitations and risks as well as the promises that are offered by BOLD.

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ACM Press, 2016. 5
Series
, ACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Keyword [en]
Societal limits, Big Open Linked Data, Agency, Legitimacy, Uncertainty, Simulation, Systemic Shifts, Trust, Political Power
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Information Systems
Research subject
Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135450DOI: 10.1145/2926676.2926682ISBN: 978-1-4503-4260-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-135450DiVA: diva2:1045234
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LIMITS '16, June 08 - 10, 2016, Irvine, CA, USA
Available from: 2016-11-08 Created: 2016-11-08 Last updated: 2016-11-17Bibliographically approved

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