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The computer says 'DEBT': Towards a critical sociology of algorithms and algorithmic governance

Henman, Paul


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      <affiliation>University of Queensland</affiliation>
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    <title>The computer says 'DEBT': Towards a critical sociology of algorithms and algorithmic governance</title>
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  <publisher>Zenodo</publisher>
  <publicationYear>2017</publicationYear>
  <subjects>
    <subject>algorithm</subject>
    <subject>welfare fraud</subject>
    <subject>social security</subject>
    <subject>Australia</subject>
    <subject>procedural justice</subject>
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  <dates>
    <date dateType="Issued">2017-09-04</date>
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    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;This paper uses Australia’s automated processes to identify and recover social security over-payments as a case study to critically analyze the role of algorithms in government and public administration. The paper analyzes the algorithm in terms of: its performance with respect to its purpose; its role in public administration processes and principles; its impact on citizen-service users; and its role in politics. The paper concludes with a discussion of policy and public administrative principles that can be adopted for public sector governance and accountability with government by algorithm. &lt;/p&gt;</description>
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