What is it?
Open Abstracts is a free open access service offered by the Internet Policy Review in which anyone – from emerging researchers to established voices – can submit internet policy research ideas in the form of an abstract and get instant peer review.
How does it work?
Let’s say you have an idea for a paper (whether it’s for Internet Policy Review, another journal, or an undergraduate seminar), a conference talk, perhaps a book, or some other research publication format… you can paste your idea to Open Abstracts and peers in our community will provide feedback (on form and substance) on your idea within 10 days. By submitting an abstract, you automatically agree to making yourself available for a review. You become part of our peer community. Beyond this benefit, you also get informed feedback, references, constructive orientation, and, who knows, maybe even a co-author.
The current technological context of hyperconnectivity brings significant challenges to the protection of fundamental rights and to contemporary ethics, with the capacity to impact, ultimately, democracy itself. In that context, the action of algorithms can be seen in a much broader and complex context of action and decision. Algorithms today not only predict upcoming best-seller books, but also suggest our future loving partners, influence our electoral decisions, make death threats, decide who should be imprisoned, and buy illegal drugs on the Deep Web. In this sense, it is not enough just to realize the ability of algorithms to act and decide as human beings, it is necessary to think about how the public sphere is being influenced by these agents capable of shaping, structuring and mediating the way we interact. The analysis of a public sphere, based on human communicative rationality, need new epistemological and ontological lenses to rethink assumptions about agency, transparency and normativity upon understanding the influence and interactions of those non-human agents, to ensure appropriate ethical guidelines to the advances of hyperconnectivity. The theoretical frameworks chosen for this analysis are Jurgen Habermas’s concept of public sphere and communicative action in contrast with the contributions of Karen Barad's theories about new materialisms, with the purpose of becoming an university paper.