Background and activities
STS, machine learning, digital infrastructures, algorithmic governance, data-driven welfare state, datafication, technology and social power, ethnography.
I am part of the DICE research group. I am researching the (re)construction and configuration of algorithmic governance in the Norwegian public sector.
Platforms, big data, clouds and machine learning signal promises of a profound digital transformation, that will impact all aspects of the welfare state and the services it provides to citizens and society. I am following several machine learning projects in the publiv sector in attempt to obtain a better understanding of the supposed data-driven future the Norwegian welfare state is heading towards. Which values are programmed into the socio-technological assemblage of smart digital infrastructures? Moreover, are we soon governed by techno-rational cyborg-bureaucrats? Is the democratization of machine learning even possible? While industry insiders regard machine learning as a truly innovative way to personalize the welfare state and empower citizens, researchers stress the techno-rationality, surveillance and unpredictable power the automation of bureaucracy fosters. Through ethnographic encounters with the inner workings of machine learning production in the Norwegian public sector, I intend to open the data-driven black box.