1 Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School
Building on conceptual insights from the history and sociology of numbers, media and surveillance studies, and theories of governance and risk, this article analyzes the forms of transparency produced by the use of numbers in social life. It examines what it is about numbers that often makes their ‘truth claims’ so powerful, investigates the role that numerical operations play in the production of retrospective, real-time and anticipatory forms of transparency in contemporary politics and economic transactions, and discusses some of the implications resulting from the increasingly abstract and machine-driven use of numbers......
European Journal of Social Theory, 2015, Vol 18, Issue 2, p. 203-220
Anticipatory tansparency; Big Data; Numerical Operations; Pre-emptive Prediction; Rankings; Risk; Anticipatory Transparency; big data