Social Inequality in the Age of Algorithms: From Digital to Algorithmic Divide

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14515/monitoring.2021.1.1807

Keywords:

social inequality, digitalization, digital inequality, algorithms, algorithmization, digital divide

Abstract

The article analyses social inequality in the age of algorithms integral to digital society’s technological infrastructure. Algorithms are of interest to sociologists due to their essential role in communication processes, decision-making, management, control, and consequently in creating a landscape of the artificial social environment. The introduction of algorithms affects various aspects of social life. Negative impacts are considered in terms of inequality of opportunities and socially important results. The latent character of the effects, lack of transparency, non-linear nature, and indeterminism in decision-making define the influence of algorithms on the system of social inequality. The article describes algorithm-related mechanisms (system of social ranking, filter bubbles, unequal access to algorithmic awareness).

Author Biographies

Tatiana S. Martynenko, Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
    • Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Senior Lecturer at the Department of Modern Sociology, Faculty of Sociology

 

Daria E. Dobrinskaya, Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
    • Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Associate Professor at the Department of Modern Sociology, Faculty of Sociology

Published

2021-03-04

Issue

Section

DIGITALIZATION