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Tecnologías de Big data y biopolítica: mecanismos relacionales de procesamiento de datos en época de pandemia mundial viral

Herrera, Pablo Matías and Garcia Fronti, Javier (2020): Tecnologías de Big data y biopolítica: mecanismos relacionales de procesamiento de datos en época de pandemia mundial viral.

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Abstract

The promises and risks associated with the development of big data technologies are exacerbated by the global viral pandemic known as COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or coronaviruses. From an organizational point of view, a series of debates arise that, although in principle antagonistic, have outcomes in intermediate positions and question values of society. Faced with these questions, a very common practice in the face of the development of the coronavirus was to raise dystopian futures. Within this work, avoiding the proposal of "what is expected once it ends", the global viral pandemic is taken as the opening of a space to reflect on the development of Big data technologies and elaborate questions related to biopolitics.

One of these questions is the following: how can practical categories, strategies, protocols and policies be developed to articulate and assign responsibilities in the relationship between humans and nonhumans? The answer to that question, surely, is not related to the approach of dystopian futures. Proposing scenarios based on "what is expected once it ends" is not a viable path. In this sense, the answer is related rather to the understanding of the agencies that exist in a mechanism in which, at least, humans, technologies, algorithms, data, and viruses interact. Understanding what is happening today is what enables policy development based on the allocation of responsibilities within the complex hybrid that represents the development of big data technologies.

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