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  • Out now in Oxford Research Encyclopedia Communication. Our systematic review of the debate on the impact of and policy reactions to algorithmic-selection applications on the internet. You can access the article here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.904 or directly on our homepage: https://mediachange.ch/media/pdf/publications/Latzer_Just_2020_Governance-by-and-of-Algorithms.pdf


    Internet-based services that build on automated algorithmic selection processes, for example search engines, computational advertising, and recommender systems, are booming and platform companies that provide such services are among the most valuable corporations worldwide. Algorithms on and beyond the Internet are increasingly influencing, aiding, or replacing human decision-making in many life domains. Their far-reaching, multifaceted economic and social impact, which results from the governance by algorithms, is widely acknowledged. However, suitable policy reactions, that is, the governance of algorithms, are the subject of controversy in academia, politics, industry, and civil society. In our article we provide an overview on the approaches, assessments and debates regarding the governance by and of algorithms on the internet.