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Super-Scoring? Data-driven societal technologies in China and Western-style democracies as a new challenge for education

International Conference Oct 11th 2019, 9:30 Uhr - 17:30 hrs, at: Früh Lounge Köln
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  • The term "Super-Scoring" refers to practices that assess individuals and influence collective behavior on the basis of digitally recorded and algorithmically evaluated data. These practices bring together scoring systems and scales from different areas of life, such as economic credit, health behavior, or academic achievements, and could evolve into a new and overarching principle of governance in digital societies. A particularly prominent example is the Social Credit System in China. Platform-based scoring practices and digital sociometrics are also gaining importance in Western societies. The interdisciplinary symposium "Super-Scoring? Data-driven societal technologies in China and Western-style democracies as a new challenge for education" took place at Cologne, Germany, on October 11, 2019. At the conference, we presented current concepts and concrete implementations of data-driven social governance processes that implement digital and surveillance technologies; discussed their normative foundations and socio-political impacts; and particularly strove to identify consequences for educational policy and best recommendations for action. We focused on the individual as observed through digital technologies, as their characteristics and behaviors are mapped in numerical values – point systems, scores and, in particular, super-scores – which were then further processed, evaluated, and economized in societal processes of control. The conference and the portal http://www.superscoring.de/ was intended to promote scientific and public discourse on the social-physical and digital-technological control of societal processes.
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