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Distorsiones tecnopolíticas: represión y resistencia algorítmica del activismo ciudadano en la era del 'big data'

Trere, Emiliano 2016. Distorsiones tecnopolíticas: represión y resistencia algorítmica del activismo ciudadano en la era del 'big data'. Trípodos 39 , pp. 35-51.

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Several strands of literature on social engagement, digital media and big data conceive digital platforms as a shortcut to government accountability and citizen empowerment. According to these visions, social media and the new possibilities offered by the analysis of big data represent the solution to the issues of contemporary democracies. Based on a critical analysis of various social and political phenomena of contemporary Mexico, this article demonstrates that diverse political parties and governments have successfully used new forms of algorithmic repression to manufacture consent, sabotage dissent, threaten and monitor activists and obtain citizens’ personal data. This paper argues that these new strategies clearly show the limitations of digital platforms —and of social media in particular— for democratic participation, as activists have to fight against refined techniques of control and oppression that efficiently adopt and manipulate new communi-cation technologies. In the conclusions, the article discusses broader considerations about the limits and the benefits of the new forms of algorithmic resistance in the current technopolitical scenario, proposing a technoambivalent approach to digital technologies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Language other than English: Spanish
Publisher: Universidad Ramón Llull
ISSN: 2340-5007
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 23 December 2016
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 17:53

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