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The Promise and Pitfalls of Algorithmic Governance for Developing Societies

Rick Searle ()
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Rick Searle: Scholar, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology

Postmodern Openings, 2016, vol. 7, issue 1, 171-176

Abstract: Many democracies in an early stage of development, such as Nigeria, experience a period of endemic corruption and difficulty providing needed public services. The careful use of algorithms may be of use in helping new democracies transition to a more objective, equitable, and accountable form of governance, though technology should not be viewed as a panacea for structural problems or without challenges of its own.

Keywords: algorithmic governance; block-chain; corruption; democracy; prebendalism; spoils system; technological solutionism. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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