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Software, code and algorithms: Programming, automating and governing everyday life
Software, code and algorithms: Programming, automating and governing everyday life

Software, the code that it is programmed in, and the algorithms that enact it, have become incredibly powerful influences in everyday life. Such is its reach and penetration that some commentators have described the emerging conditions of a ‘software society’, one where all contemporary media have been transformed by being remediated through software; where human social communication and relations are filtered through software platforms and interfaces; and where many of the social, cultural, political and economic institutions of society – schools, universities, hospitals, airports, cities, military bases, science laboratories, businesses, retailers – depend on software for their functioning and existence (Manovich 2013).

By contrast, many ...

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