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Inga Gryl (Universität Duisburg-Essen) and Helena Atteneder (Universität Tübingen): „Towards a maturity-oriented education on the algorithms behind geomedia technologies“
In our talk we unfold a theoretical framework behind algorithms of various forms of mobility that are technologically spoken based on geodata. From a technical perspective, algorithms can be seen as a sequence of codes that contain precise operations or procedures to solve a problem. Apart from simple queries such as navigation or movement patterns, due to an enormous increase in processing power in mobile, networked end user devices and a datafication of everyday behaviour, a multitude of other parameters can be considered . In our model we approach the massive social implications that come along with algorithms in everyday and educational settings, we outline a conception of the human being that comes along with that, which is mainly objectivating people and making them predictable, while, at the same time, places algorithms as seemingly deification or fetish. Thus, in algorithms, data and basic geographic data on physical positioning and movement is closely linked to a broader term of social mobility and consequent social implications.
Inga Gryl is professor for Primary Social and Science Education at the Institute for Geography, Universität Duisburg-Essen. Her research areas are digitalization in education, societal participation with geomedia, critical approaches in geography education, and innovativeness in schools.
Helena Atteneder is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Media Studies, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen. Her research focuses on geomedia as socio-technological and dialectical phenomena at the interface between spatial and media theory.