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10:30 Uhr - 12:30 Uhr | Weizenbaum-Institut, Hardenbergstraße 32, Flexroom

Book Presentation: Algorithm Institutionalism: the changing rules of social and political life

Don't miss the presentation of the new book by Virgilio Almeida: "Algorithm Institutionalism: the changing rules of social and political life" (Oxford University Press).

Considering algorithms as institutions necessitates comprehending the social values embedded within them and their interventions, as well as how they evolve through the actions of individuals in society. Similar to political institutions, algorithms should be connected to overarching principles that shape collective behavior, principles that may evolve over time. In their new book, Ricardo Fabrino, Fernando Filgueiras, and Virgilio Almeida explore the notion that, akin to the democratization of other intricate institutions throughout history, it is essential to contemplate how algorithmic systems can be democratized to alleviate the risks they present to contemporary societies.

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Virgilio Almeida is a  Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He is also  Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University.  He held visiting positions in several universities and research labs, such as Harvard University (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences), New York University, Boston University, Santa Fe Institute, HP Labs. Virgilio served as the chairman of NETmundial, the Global Multistakeholder Conference on the Future of Internet Governance, held in São Paulo in 2014.  He is co-author of five books covering topics such as web technologies, e-commerce, performance modeling, and capacity planning, published by Prentice Hall. He is also the author of “Governance for the Digital World“, published by Palgrave MacMillan, and his most recent book is “Algorithmic Institutionalism: The Changing Rules of Social and Political Life“, published by Oxford University Press. Almeida . His current research interests revolve around social computing, governance of algorithms, the social impact of AI, and modeling and analysis of large-scale distributed systems. 

The list of his publications is accessible on Google Scholar.