[Air-L] Vienna & online: project presentation & panel discussion "Google, surveillance capitalism, and discrimination – from critique to intervention?"

astrid mager astrid.mager at univie.ac.at
Thu Mar 31 02:27:54 PDT 2022

Invitatation to project presentation & panel discussion "Google, 
surveillance capitalism, and discrimination – from critique to 

12. April 2022, 17:30 – 20:00h, online and in Vienna:

Austrian Academy of Sciences
Doktor-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna


Google's hegemonial stand, its algorithms, and possible interventions 
are at the focus of this event. ITA researcher Astrid Mager will present 
the results of her FWF project and bring together leading search engine 
researchers to discuss Google critique, regulation, and alternatives.

With Google being front and center, search engines have been exposed 
again and again for not offering objective results. It has been proven 
that Google placed its own products on valuable “front-page real 
estate”, and notions such as the “Googlization of everything” underline 
its hegemonic position. It has a business model based on user profiling 
dubbed surveillance capitalism. More recently, Google’s algorithms have 
been found to output biased and discriminatory results. Building on this 
critique, what interventions are necessary and what are possible 
alternatives? How has regulation, specifically of Google and surveillant 
platforms more generally, responded to these developments? What else is 
to be done about the hegemony of Google, its vast personal data 
collection, its discriminatory results, and the governance and 
accountability of engines and other online platforms? Finally, how can 
we pave the way towards more open, just, and independent search engines 
and infrastructures in the future?

This public event brings together leading search engine scholars to 
discuss these questions from a European perspective. The evening opens 
with a talk by Astrid Mager, senior postdoc at the Institute of 
Technology Assessment (ITA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 
presenting the results of her project „Algorithmic Imaginaries“. It is 
followed by a lively panel discussion with Rosie Graham 
(University of Birmingham), Bernhard Rieder 
<https://www.uva.nl/en/profile/r/i/b.rieder/b.rieder.html> (University 
of Amsterdam) und Elizabeth Van Couvering 
<https://www.kau.se/en/researchers/elizabeth-van-couvering> (Karlstad 
University), moderated by Ov Cristian Norocel 
<https://portal.research.lu.se/en/persons/cristian-norocel> (Lund 
University) and Richard Rogers 
(University of Amsterdam). **

*more information on the program and link to stream here:*


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