Accepted paper:

BROADER OR BORDER SOCIETY?

Authors:

Giorgos Mattes (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Paper short abstract:

Big data, data mining, crime analysis, geographic profiling, crime mapping and predictive analytics: the significance of these practices lies in the way they frame technology; they present technology itself as neutral and unproblematic.

Paper long abstract:

In industrialized societies, the degree of individual's social conformation is assessed by classification systems and other tools. Who counts as deviant is determined by criminology an in its conventional sense is the outcome of a complex juridical-bureaucratic process; moreover, crime mapping and policing are established in relation to norms both of social functioning and labor market participation. So, are crime analyzing, crime mapping, predictive analytics parts of just another technological package by which work is accomplished? What does the ANT lens have to offer in examining theoretically and empirically these technologies that analyze "big data" practices and/or involve empirical engagements and experiments, while also reflecting on the consequences of how societies are represented (epistemologies), realised (ontologies) and governed (politics)? Big data, data mining, crime analysis, geographic profiling, crime mapping and predictive analytics: the significance of these practices lies in the way they frame technology; they present technology itself as neutral and unproblematic. And also they stand over the borders lines of a democratic state that seeks to smother the internal combustion fire and transform class disorder to normal running, namely law and order.

panel T085
Infrastructures, subjects, politics