Universities and the power of algorithms

A short magazine article I wrote on the power of algorithms to shape the university sector has been published in Times Higher Education. I tried to apply some of the work I’ve been doing on new media infrastructures to higher education. There is a longer version of this piece which I might post at some point in the future. Here is the opening passage:

In Life’s an Ocean, The Verve sang of imagining the future and waking up with a scream because they were buying some feelings from a vending machine. I wouldn’t say that I have awoken with a scream, but we might imagine a future in which academic practices have reached a similar state of efficiency, ordering and control…
Click here to read the rest of the article.

I’ve followed up on the point about a predictive research “app” in a piece that is forthcoming in Political Geography. This piece is part of an open access debate. I’ll post some more about this with links to the debate when it’s published.

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