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Algorithmic Governance and Cultures of Policing: Comparative Perspectives from Norway, India, Brazil, Russia, and South Africa (AGOPOL)

This project will produce knowledge on the ways in which advances in artificial intelligence shape policing in different cultural, political, legal and economic contexts.

Police departments across the globe are embracing artificial intelligence (AI) to support decision-making in preventing crime and disorder. The use of digital technologies and the growing role of private security, tech, and consultancy companies, are reshaping policing and the ways in which we ensure social order and security, enforce law, and prevent and investigate crime. However, this ongoing radical transformation of cultures of policing is little understood.

To change that, AGOPOL brings together a team of 15 established scholars and researchers from cultural and area studies, anthropology, criminology, sociology, history, literature, and law.

The project is based on qualitative and ethnographic research on policing in Norway, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa. Drawing on these cases we will analyze the global cultural transformation of policing as an effect of the intertwined processes of datafication, securitization, and commodification of security.

Our analysis will shed light on the diverse consequences of algorithmic governance for society, police forces, and those policed: from the transformation of knowledge cultures and organizations, to algorithmic injustices and their impact on legitimacy and societal trust. We will develop a comparative cross-cultural analysis of policing as a global digitized project. 

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  • Participants

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  • Partner institutions

    • Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
    • Universidade Federal Fluminense
    • University of Bergen
    • University of Oslo
    • Jawaharlal Nehru University
    • Mykolas Romeris University
    • Universität Heidelberg
    • Universiteit Utrecht
    • College of International and Public Relations Prague
    • OsloMet/NOVA