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Algorithms of Resistance

Algorithms of Resistance

Algorithms are all around us, permeating more and more aspects of our daily lives. While accounts of platform power tend to come across as bleak and monolithic, Algorithms of Resistance shows how people can resist algorithms across a variety of domains. Drawing from rich ethnographic materials and perspectives from both the Global North and South, authors Tiziano Bonini and Emiliano Treré explore how people appropriate and reconfigure algorithms to pursue their objectives in three domains of everyday life: gig work, cultural industries, and politics. They reveal how forms of algorithmic agency and resistance are endemic and mundane and how the platform society is a contested battleground of contrasting forces

MIT Press


Data Justice

Algorithms of Resistance

Data Justice is a cutting-edge exploration of the power relations that lay at the heart of our datafied lives. It outlines the intricate relationship between datafication and social justice, exploring how societies are, will, and should be affected by data-driven technology and automation.
From data capitalism and data colonialism, to data harms and data activism – this book is an expert guide to the debates central to understanding the injustices of life in a datafied society. Data Justice is an essential resource for anyone working and studying across critical data studies, and anyone interested in the social consequences of big data, smart technology and AI.

Data Justice was the runner up of the Sage Social Justice Book Award in 2022



Data Justice (Chinese Translation)

Algorithms of Resistance

This is the Chinese translation of the book "Data Justice " published by Shanghai People's Publishing House.

Shanghai People's Publishing House


Covid-19 From the Margins: Pandemic, Invisibilities, Policies and Resistance in the Datafied Society

Algorithms of Resistance

In the first pandemic of the datafied society, the disempowered were denied a voice in the heavily quantified mainstream narrative. Featuring stories of invisibility, injustice, hope and resistance, this book gives voice to communities at the margins in the Global South and beyond. The multilingual, polycentric and pluriversal narration invites the reader to enact and experience “Big Data from the South(s)” as a decolonial lens to read the pandemic.

Institute of Network Cultures


Citizen Media and Practice: Currents, Connections, Challenges

Algorithms of Resistance

Media as practice has emerged as a powerful approach to understanding the media’s significance in contemporary society. Bringing together contributions from leading scholars in sociology, media and communication, social movement and critical data studies, this book stimulates dialogue across previously separate traditions of research on citizen and activist media practices and stakes out future directions for research in this burgeoning interdisciplinary field.



Hybrid Media Activism: Ecologies, Imaginaries, Algorithms 

Algorithms of Resistance

This book is an extensive investigation of the complexities, ambiguities and shortcomings of contemporary digital activism. The author deconstructs the reductionism of the literature on social movements and communication, proposing a new conceptual vocabulary based on practices, ecologies, imaginaries and algorithms to account for the communicative complexity of protest movements. Drawing on extensive fieldwork on social movements, collectives and political parties in Spain, Italy and Mexico, this book disentangles the hybrid nature of contemporary activism. It shows how activists operate merging the physical and the digital, the human and the non-human, the old and the new, the internal and the external, the corporate and the alternative.

Hybrid Media Activism won the Outstanding Book Award of the ICA Interest Group 'Activism, Communication and Social Justice'.



Activismo Mediático Híbrido: Ecologías, Imaginarios, Algoritmos

Algorithms of Resistance

This is the Spanish translation of the book "Hybrid Media Activism" which includes a new prologue by renowned Professor Raúl Trejo Delarbre, Investigador en el Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico.

FES Comunicación


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