Prof. Dr. Jutta Weber (Paderborn University, Media, Culture and Society)
Prof. Dr. Eyke Hüllermeier (now LMU Munich, Computer Science)
Dr. Doris Allhutter (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Political Science)
Prof. Dr. Theo Röhle (University of Gothenburg, Media Theory)
This research project investigates the epistemological and ontological premises, sociotechnical practices and social effects of scoring and ranking in today’s data society. The main research questions are: How and why do automated practices of scoring, ranking and profiling gain significance so rapidly? Today we permanently compare characteristics on an everyday basis which have been incommensurable previously. How and why has this become self-evident? In addition to the search for fair and transparent methods of ranking, this research project also envisages interviews with experts from the field of algorithm-based hiring. Thereby we want to investigate the effects of standardised, supposedly ‘bias-free’ automated evaluation processes and their socio-imaginations. The research project combines perspectives from science & technology studies, media theory, political science, computer science and machine learning.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Jutta Weber