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Record number 559097
Title Not-so-SMART: Why new platform and surveillance technologies are bad news for science and understanding
Author(s) Büscher, Bram
Source Geoforum (2019). - ISSN 0016-7185
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.12.009
Department(s) WASS
Sociology of Development and Change
Publication type Non-refereed article in scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Elsevier - Platform capitalism - Science - Surveillance capitalism - Technology - Understanding
Abstract

This short paper critically engages with new technologies for data processing related to research outputs, connections and management. Such technologies are generally heralded as making research and publishing more efficient, enabling better connections between researchers and bringing disparate forms of research data together for better research and output management. Based on the examples of Elsevier's Pure and Fingerprint technologies, I argue that in reality the effects of these new technologies and the surveillance platforms they are based on, will be precisely the opposite: they degrade scientific understanding and relations by reducing them to superficial numbers, clicks and hits; they will lead to increased anxiety and stress among academic staff; and they open up the possibilities for new types of panopticon academic governance. The paper concludes by exploring an alternative based on decentralized diversity in research(er) representation.

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