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The politics of redeployment: Malleable technologies and the localisation of anticipatory calculation

O'Grady, Nat

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Louise Amoore
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Volha Piotukh
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Abstract

This book chapter is a contribution to the book Algorithmic Life: Calculative Devices in an Age of Big Data. The chapter examines processes through which commercially available credit checking software has been acquired and customized by the UK Fire and Rescue Service for the purposes of risk analysis and, ultimately risk governance. I argue in the chapter that the case is indicative of broader phenomenon in which digital technologies are redeployed for purposes other than that which they were designed for. This redeployment carries with it new political complications for the organisations partaking in it: from the development of new forms of subjectivity to being caught up in broader controversies related to dataveillance that an age of so-called Big Data redefines anew.

Publication Date Dec 22, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 104-121
Book Title Algorithmic Life: Calculative Devices in an Age of Big Data
ISBN 9781138852839
Institution Citation O'Grady, N. (2015). The politics of redeployment: Malleable technologies and the localisation of anticipatory calculation. In V. Piotukh, & L. Amoore (Eds.), Algorithmic Life: Calculative Devices in an Age of Big Data, 104-121. Routledge
Keywords risk, calculation, algorithms, emergency, governance, Big Data
Publisher URL https://www.routledge.com/Algorithmic-Life-Calculative-Devices-in-the-Age-of-Big-Data/Amoore-Piotukh/p/book/9781138852846
Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Algorithmic Life: Calculative Devices in an Age of Big Data on 22 December 2015, available online: https://www.routledge.c...kh/p/book/9781138852846

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