Call for Papers: Philosophy and Technology special issue on The Governance of Algorithms

Call for Papers for Philosophy and Technology’s special issue on
The Governance of Algorithms
Marcello D’Agostino (University of Milan, Italy) and Massimo Durante
(University of Turin, Italy)

In our information societies, we increasingly delegate tasks to
automated systems, devices and agents that mediate human relationships
by making decisions and acting on the basis of algorithms. Their
increased intelligence, autonomous behavior and connectivity are
changing crucially the life conditions of human beings as well as
altering traditional concepts and ways of understanding reality.
Algorithms are directed to solve problems that are not always detectable
in their own relevance and timeliness. They are also meant to solve
those problems through procedures that are not always visible and
assessable in their own. In addition, technologies based on algorithmic
procedures more and more infer personal information from aggregated
data, thus profiling human beings and anticipating their expectations,
views and behaviors. This may have normative, if not discriminatory,
consequences. While algorithmic procedures and applications are meant to
serve human needs, they risk to create an environment in which human
beings tend to develop adaptive strategies by conforming their behaviour
to the expected output of the procedures, with serious distortive
effects. Against this backdrop, little room is often left for a process
of rational argumentation able to challenge the results of algorithmic
procedures by putting into question some of their hidden assumptions or
by taking into account some neglected aspects of the problems under
consideration. At the same time, it is widely recognized that scientific
and social advances crucially depend on such an open and free critical

The aim of this special issue of Philosophy & Technology is to explore
questions about the governance of algorithms in light of the
technological dependence of our information societies. We ask how to
face theoretical and practical challenges in order to assure that
technological innovations go hand in hand with human needs, beliefs and
expectations. We solicit the submission of papers from different
disciplines (law, ethics, economics, computer science, social studies,
epistemology and philosophy of science) to address questions such as:

C2B7      How to deal with the “knowledge problem” (as Franck Pasquale
put it), i.e., with the openness, transparency and fairness of
algorithmic procedures and applications?
C2B7      How to govern those algorithmic procedures and applications
once we delegate them the accomplishment of tasks or the solution of
C2B7      By which standards the relevance and the timeliness of
problems as well as the efficiency and the legitimacy of solutions are
C2B7      Is the extensive functioning of automated systems, devices
and agents based on algorithms able to impair human freedom and
autonomy, free critical discussion and reflexivity?

December 19, 16: Deadline for paper submissions
February 13, 17: Deadline reviews papers
March 13, 17: Deadline revised papers
April, 17: Publication of accepted papers

To submit a paper for this special issue, authors should go to the
journalE28099s Editorial Manager
The author (or a corresponding author for each submission in case of co-
authored papers) must register into EM.

The author must then select the special article type: ” The Governance
of AlgorithmsE2809D from the selection provided in the submission
process. This is needed in order to assign the submissions to the Guest
Submissions will then be assessed according to the following procedure:

New Submission 3D> Journal Editorial Office 3D> Guest Editor(s) 3D>
Reviewers 3D> ReviewersE28099 Recommendations 3D> Guest
Editor(s)E28099 Recommendation 3D> Editor-in-ChiefE28099s Final
Decision 3D> Author Notification of the Decision.
The process will be reiterated in case of requests for revisions.

For any further information please contact:


Marcello D’Agostino:

Massimo Durante:

Categories: Digital Sociology


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