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WEBINAR: Algorithmic Governance and Cultures of Policing

23 September 2021

10:00 to 14:00 Oslo time

Join us for our forthcoming Agopol-workshop, where we will shed light on the diverse consequences of algorithmic governance for society, police forces, and those policed, on the 23rd of September via Zoom (link to webinar).

The use of digital technologies and the growing role of private security, tech, and consultancy companies, are reshaping policing and the ways in which we ensure social order and security, enforce law, and prevent and investigate crime. This is the first workshop in the AGOPOL project which focuses on the ways in which advances in artificial intelligence shape policing in different cultural, political, legal and economic contexts.


10:00 – 10:10 Welcome: Helene Gundhus and Christin Wathne

10:10 – 10:30 Instant Policing: Time, Technology and Patrol Dean Wilson Professor of Criminology, Head of Department of Sociology, University of Sussex

10:30 – 10:45 Comments to and discussion of Dean’ presentation

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:20 Powerful numbers? Following the entanglement of knowledge practices in policing Daniel Marciniak Research Fellow, Research Group ‘Anthropology of AI in Policing and Justice’, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

11:20 – 11:35 Comments to and discussion of Daniel’s presentation

11:35 – 12:00 Lunchbreak

12:00 – 12:20 Infected by reform: Organizational myths and administrative expansion in the Norwegian Community Police Reform’s establishment of shared services Gunnar Smeby Department Director, Head of Management Advisory Services for Corporate Governance, Trøndelag Police District

12:20 – 12:35 Comments to and discussion of Gunnar’s presentation

12:35 – 12:45 Break

12:45 – 13:05 Function Creep or Patchy Surveillance? The social life of India’s unique biometric ID (Aadhaar) Ursula Rao Professor, Director, Department Anthropology of Politics and Governance Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

13:05 – 13:20 Comments to and discussion of Ursula's presentation

13:20 – 13:50 Summing up part 1: Possible interconnections between the four presentations and their relevance for the Agopol project (Chair: Helene)

13:50 – 14:00 Break

14:00 – 15:00 Advisory Board Meeting (only for members)

This workshop is funded by The Research Council of Norway under project no. 313626, Algorithmic Governance and Cultures of Policing: Comparative Perspectives from Norway, India, Brazil, Russia, and South Africa (AGOPOL).


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