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Digitalize and deny: Pluralistic collective ignorance in an algorithmic profiling project

Introduction

In contemporary management discourse, we hear a resounding catch phrase: ‘Digitalize or die’. A quick Google search will convince you. This command implies that if an organization ignores the possibilities offered by digital technologies, it will be outperformed by more vigilant competitors or find itself unable to achieve its goals. In this paper, we demonstrate the relevance of a twist of this expression.

Grooving matter(s): ‘Taking measure’ through touch

Introduction

This paper takes a ‘leap of imagination’ (Whitehead, 1978: 4; following Stengers, 2011: 22) in an experiment with science, matter, and measurement. It thinks measurement in terms of scientists’, and in particular archaeologists’, sense of touch. Proposing that human touch is most interesting to practices of measurement for its ability to perceive indigenously, that is, ‘from the midst of things’ (Howes, 2005: 6; Myers and Dumit, 2011), thinking with touch redefines what it means to take measure.

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