Working Group Political Science

The political science working group deals with Big Data as a subject and source of regulation. The following questions will be examined:

  • Epistemological foundations: What forms of evidence and expertise are developed by Big Data? What are the underlying rationalities?
  • Institutional framework and actors: Who are the key players and who has control of the data?
  • Regulation by Big Data: Does Big Data influence the options of actors? Will algorithms replace regulatory policy decisions?
  • Regulation of Big Data: What semantics, norms and practices will determine the regulation of Big Data? What role is played here by government regulation and self-regulation by the industry? At what level will regulation be established: national, European, international, etc.?
  • Discourses: What framings or interpretations legitimize the production and use of Big Data? How is Big Data politicized and problematized?

The project approaches these issues by developing a theoretical framework and empirical studies.

Members of the working group:

PD Dr. Sebastian Haunss (Universität Bremen)
Dr. Ulrike Klinger (University of Zurich)
Dr. Jan-Hendrik Passoth (Technische Universität München)
Dr. Christian Pentzold (Technische Universität Chemnitz)
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Schneider (Universität Hamburg)
Dr. Holger Strassheim (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Voß (Technische Universität Berlin)