Marion Fourcade: Die Sozialordnung der digitalen Gesellschaft

Moderne Institutionen, sowohl private als auch öffentliche, sind auf Technologie angewiesen, die individuelles Verhalten nachvollziehen kann. Mit den Daten werden Prozesse überwacht, Risiken kalkuliert oder Wert geschaffen. Wie steht es um das soziale Gefüge in der digitalen Gesellschaft?  Marion Fourcade, Autorin der Publikation „Ordinal Society“ widmet sich der Formierung von sozialen Schichten und Klassen und der Frage, wie es um fundamentale Prinzipien wie Gleichheit und Fairness steht. Am 7. Mai 2018 führte sie die Redenreihe Making sense of the digital society fort.



Modern institutions, both public and private, rely on tools and procedures that track individuals, assess their behavior, and assign them membership in various categories. They use them, variously, in their efforts to monitor conduct, calculate risk, or extract value. These classifications distribute value, rank people and things, and shape their future lives. How is social order constituted and legitimated in a society ruled by digital classifiers and associated actuarial techniques? What do these developments mean for fundamental principles such as equality and fairness? What are the moral implications of looking at individuals through the lens of these new classificatory architectures? And how do we justify the use of techniques that are growing ever more efficient at predicting outcomes but are ever less amenable to human sense making?

Marion Fourcade is professor of sociology at UC Berkeley and an associate fellow of the Max Planck – Sciences Po Center on coping with instability in market societies. Fourcade’s upcoming book The Ordinal Society investigates new forms of social stratification and morality in the digital economy.


18:30Doors open
19:00 – 19:15Welcome and introduction
19:15 – 20:00Social order in the digital society
Marion Fourcade (UC Berkeley)
20:00 – 21:00Moderated discussion and questions from the audience
21:00 – 22:00Get-together

Making sense of the digital society

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb are organising an academic lecture series on Making Sense of the Digital Society. The high-profile series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing. It started with an inaugural lecture by Manuel Castells about power and counter-power in the digital society on December 12, 2017 and was continued by Christoph Neuberger in January 2018 and Elena Esposito in March 2018. José van Dijck, author of the forthcoming book The Platform Society and president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, is another confirmed speaker of the lecture series, further speakers are to be announced.


7. Mai 2018 | 19:00 – 22:00 ical | gcal



Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus,  Luisenstraße 58/59,  10117 Berlin


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