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Work-to-rule: The emergence of algorithmic governance in wikipedia
Abstract Research has shown the importance of a funResearch has shown the importance of a functioning governance system for the success of peer production communities. It particularly highlights the role of human coordination and communication within the governance regime. In this article, we extend this line of research by differentiating two categories of governance mechanisms. The first category is based primarily on communication, in which social norms emerge that are often formalized by written rules and guidelines. The second category refers to the technical infrastructure that enables users to access artifacts, and that allows the community to communicate and coordinate their collective actions to create those artifacts. We collected qualitative and quantitative data from Wikipedia in order to show how a community's consensus gradually converts social mechanisms into algorithmic mechanisms. In detail, we analyze algorithmic governance mechanisms in two embedded cases: The software extension "flagged revisions" and the bot "xqbot". Our insights point towards a growing relevance of algorithmic governance in the realm of governing large-scale peer production communities. This extends previous research, in which algorithmic governance is almost absent. Further research is needed to unfold, understand, and also modify existing interdependencies between social and algorithmic governance mechanisms.ial and algorithmic governance mechanisms.
Abstractsub Research has shown the importance of a funResearch has shown the importance of a functioning governance system for the success of peer production communities. It particularly highlights the role of human coordination and communication within the governance regime. In this article, we extend this line of research by differentiating two categories of governance mechanisms. The first category is based primarily on communication, in which social norms emerge that are often formalized by written rules and guidelines. The second category refers to the technical infrastructure that enables users to access artifacts, and that allows the community to communicate and coordinate their collective actions to create those artifacts. We collected qualitative and quantitative data from Wikipedia in order to show how a community's consensus gradually converts social mechanisms into algorithmic mechanisms. In detail, we analyze algorithmic governance mechanisms in two embedded cases: The software extension "flagged revisions" and the bot "xqbot". Our insights point towards a growing relevance of algorithmic governance in the realm of governing large-scale peer production communities. This extends previous research, in which algorithmic governance is almost absent. Further research is needed to unfold, understand, and also modify existing interdependencies between social and algorithmic governance mechanisms.ial and algorithmic governance mechanisms.
Bibtextype inproceedings  +
Doi 10.1145/2482991.2482999  +
Has author Claudia Muller-Birn + , Dobusch L. + , Herbsleb J.D. +
Has extra keyword Robot + , Governance + , Qualitative + , Wiki + , Wikipedia + , Communication + , Computer software + , Research + , Algorithms +
Has keyword Robot + , Governance + , Qualitative + , Tool + , Wiki + , Wikipedia +
Isbn 9781450321044  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 80–89  +
Published in ACM International Conference Proceeding Series +
Title Work-to-rule: The emergence of algorithmic governance in wikipedia +
Type conference paper  +
Year 2013 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 6 November 2014 18:48:14  +
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Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 6 November 2014 18:48:14  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2013  +
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