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AI as a Form of Governance: Imagination, Practice and Pushback 
Maya Avis (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Daniel Marciniak (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Maria Sapignoli (University of Milan)
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Wednesday 8 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel looks ethnographically at AI assemblages in security and governance asking about pushback, continuities and transformation when AI is introduced to practice in different contexts.

Long Abstract:

For this panel, we invite papers that look ethnographically at the use of AI technologies in security and governance asking what happens in practice when technologies presented as AI are introduced. AI is often imagined as exceptionally transformative of all aspects of life. Occasionally, AI is even credited with changing human society itself. This panel will critically explore these claims and look at the power embedded in such representations of what AI can and will do in the areas of security and governance. We consider the narrative of rupture related to AI and remain attentive to the continuities that exist with and after the introduction of AI. A particular interest lies in the various forms of pushback that the introduction of AI may bring with it from concerns of deskilling for professional roles like police officers, judges, and security personnel, to public protest against technologies like facial recognition. We are also interested in cases of AI being used to hold state and corporate actors accountable. Possible questions include:

- What does the introduction of AI mean for policing practice and how does it relate to political struggles of police abolition?

- How does legislation shape (or become shaped) by the use of AI?

- How does the meaning of the future change when its prediction is mechanised?

- Do the targets of governance change with the introduction of AI?

- What is the epistemology underlying AI and how does it relate to existing forms of knowledge?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Wednesday 8 June, 2022, -