Astrid Mager

Astrid Mager
Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) | ÖAW · Institute of Technology Assessment

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March 2012 - present
Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW)
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  • post doc researcher/ project leader
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  • STS
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  • Sociology of Medicine

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Publications (32)
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Visions of the future are omnipresent in current debates about the digital transformation. This introductory article and the full special issue are concerned with the function, power, and performativity of future visions and how they relate to the making and governing of digital technology. Revisiting existing concepts, we particularly discuss and...
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Preprint (March 2020) forthcoming in New Media & Society:Mager, A. & Katzenbach, C. (2020). Future imaginaries in the making and governing of digital technology: Multiple, Contested, Commodified. New Media & Society. Online First. doi: 10.1177/1461444820929321.Visions of the future are omnipresent in current debates about the digital transformation...
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Editorial Die aktuelle Covid-19-Pandemie zeigt uns, dass fast nichts mehr ist wie vorher. Menschen müssen in ihren Wohnungen und Häusern bleiben, falls sie nicht obdachlos sind, um sich vor Ansteckung mit dem Virus zu schützen. Viele wirtschaftliche Sektoren mussten ihre Betriebe schließen, die Arbeitslosigkeit nimmt in einem noch nie dagewesenen T...
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As of 2020, the Public Employment Service Austria (AMS) makes use of algorithmic profiling of job seekers to increase the efficiency of its counseling process and the effectiveness of active labor market programs. Based on a statistical model of job seekers' prospects on the labor market, the system—that has become known as the AMS algorithm—is des...
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A plethora of health apps and tracking devices is used around the globe to measure, store, and process body data. In this article, we use various approaches from the fields of science and technology studies (STS), surveillance studies and medical sociology to grasp and theorize these global trends of body datafication in health-related contexts. We...
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Die veröffentlichten Beiträge im Jahr 2017 zeichnen sich durch eine große inhaltliche und disziplinäre Breite bei einem gleichzeitig starken Fokus auf zentrale gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen aus. Die thematische Vielfalt reicht von der Rolle von Klein-und Mittelunternehmen im politischen Kampf um TTIP, syrischen Aktivistinnen im Bürgerkrieg, S...
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In this article, I investigate Internet governance in practice by focusing on search engines, Google in particular. Building on science and technology studies–grounded Internet governance research, I ask how different stakeholders interpret governing by algorithms, the governing of algorithms, and the limits of various governing modes when consider...
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In der ersten Ausgabe des Jahres liefern die HerausgeberInnen einen Blick hinter die Kulissen von Momentum Quarterly und blicken zurück auf das vergangene sowie voraus auf das kommende Jahr.
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This article discusses the co-production of search technology and a European identity in the context of the EU data protection reform. The negotiations of the EU data protection legislation ran from 2012 until 2015 and resulted in a unified data protection legislation directly binding for all European member states. I employ a discourse analysis to...
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Bericht von der 6. Konferenz des Netzwerks TA und der 14. Jahreskonferenz des ITA Wien
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http://networkcultures.org/query/2014/04/22/out-now-society-of-the-query-reader-reflections-on-web-search/
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This article conceptualizes “algorithmic ideology” as a valuable tool to understand and critique corporate search engines in the context of wider socio-political developments. Drawing on critical theory it shows how capitalist value-systems manifest in search technology, how they spread through algorithmic logics and how they are stabilized in soci...
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This article conceptualizes “algorithmic ideology” as a valuable tool to understand and critique corporate search engines in the context of wider socio-political developments. Drawing on critical theory it shows how capitalist value-systems manifest in search technology, how they spread through algorithmic logics and how they are stabilized in soci...
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Google has been blamed for its de facto monopolistic position on the search engine market, its exploitation of user data, its privacy violations, and, most recently, for possible collaborations with the US-American National Security Agency (NSA). However, blaming Google is not enough, as I suggest in this article. Rather than being ready-made, Goog...
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What are the conditions for the public understanding of biofuels and how do the media shape these conditions under the influence of a new production of knowledge? This article investigates how the biofuel controversy plays out in the Swedish press and Google search engine results and analyses winners and losers in the tight attention economy of con...
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This paper challenges the democratic ideal of the Web as a new public sphere in the medical context. Drawing on a mix of methods it investigates how different Web site providers configure and position their diabetes sites in the multitude of online health information, search engine results in particular. Building on insights gained from critical ne...
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This article investigates how the new spirit of capitalism gets inscribed in the fabric of search algorithms by way of social practices. Drawing on the tradition of the social construction of technology (SCOT) and 17 qualitative expert interviews it discusses how search engines and their revenue models are negotiated and stabilized in a network of...
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This article investigates how the new spirit of capitalism gets inscribed in the fabric of search algorithms by way of social practices. Drawing on the tradition of the social construction of technology (SCOT) and 17 qualitative expert interviews it discusses how search engines and their revenue models are negotiated and stabilized in a network of...
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While the internet is often discussed as empowering or endangering patients due to broadening access to medical and health-related information, little is known about the way patients actually get informed about medical conditions and how the technology shapes their practices. This article draws on 40 user observations and 40 qualitative interviews...
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While most of the existing research about online health information focuses exclusively on either the provider or the user side of communication circuits, this article aims to integrate and discuss both sides and their mediated relation to one another. Drawing on actor-network theory, it conceptualizes the provision and use of online health informa...
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This paper investigates how public discourses, as articulated in EU policy and Austrian media documents, take part in the creation and stabilisation of a new patient figure – the e-patient. The documents we analysed act as one material form for enacting, performing and giving meaning to the changes occurring when a new technology enters established...
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In recent years, governance and public participation have developed into key notions within both policy discourse and academic analysis. While there is much discussion on developing new modes of governance and public participation, little empirical attention is paid to the public's perception of models, possibilities and limits of participation and...

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https://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/en/projects/algorithmic-imaginaries/overview/