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  1. Who Cares for Agile Work? In/Visibilized Work Practices and Their Emancipatory Potential.Alev Coban & Klara-Aylin Wenten - 2021 - NanoEthics 15 (1):57-70.
    The future of work has become a pressing matter of concern: Researchers, business consultancies, and industrial companies are intensively studying how new work models could be best implemented to increase workplace flexibility and creativity. In particular, the agile model has become one of the “must-have” elements for re-organizing work practices, especially for technology development work. However, the implementation of agile work often comes together with strong presumptions: it is regarded as an inevitable tool that can be universally integrated into different (...)
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    Towards Emancipatory Technology Studies.Philipp Frey, Simon Schaupp & Klara-Aylin Wenten - 2021 - NanoEthics 15 (1):19-27.
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    Dialectics of Technical Emancipation—Considerations on a Reflexive, Sustainable Technology Development.Georg Jochum - 2021 - NanoEthics 15 (1):29-41.
    The modern idea of emancipation is linked to the goal of overcoming dependencies and domination. However, as argued in the article, negative dialectics of emancipation must also be problematized. The project of emancipation, as it was formulated in the Age of Enlightenment, was often particular and was associated with the establishment of new forms of domination. Especially the project of liberation from the constraints of nature through technical development led to the domination of nature. In view of the ecological crisis, (...)
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    Technopolitics From Below: A Framework for the Analysis of Digital Politics of Production.Simon Schaupp - 2021 - NanoEthics 15 (1):71-86.
    This article develops a multi-level framework for the analysis of a bottom-up politics of technology at the workplace. It draws on a multi-case study on algorithmic management of manual labor in manufacturing and delivery platforms in Germany. In researching how workers influenced the use of algorithmic management systems, the concept of technopolitics is developed to refer to three different arenas of negotiation: the arena of regulation, where institutional framings of technologies in production are negotiated, typically between state actors, employers’ associations, (...)
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    Citizen Science Fiction: The Potential of Situated Speculative Prototyping for Public Engagement on Emerging Technologies.Jantien W. Schuijer, Jacqueline E. W. Broerse & Frank Kupper - 2021 - NanoEthics 15 (1):1-18.
    In response to calls for a research and innovation system that is more open to public scrutiny, we have seen a growth of formal and informal public engagement activities in the past decades. Nevertheless, critiques of several persistent routines in public engagement continue to resurface, in particular the focus on expert knowledge, cognitive exchange, risk discourse, and understandings of public opinion as being static. In an attempt to break out of these routines, we experimented with an innovative engagement format that (...)
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  6. The Three Pillars of Functional Autonomy of Hackers.Johan Söderberg & Maxigas - 2021 - NanoEthics 15 (1):43-56.
    We propose a conceptual framework for analysing the relationship between social emancipation and alternative technology development. Key is the “functional autonomy” of the collective of users and developers of the technology vis-a-vis state and capital. We draw on previous empirical work about three hacker projects to substantiate the claim that the functional autonomy of hackers rests on three “pillars of autonomy”: technical skill, shared values, and collective memory. These three pillars sustain the autonomy of a community of hackers so that (...)
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    Towards a Digital Workerism: Workers’ Inquiry, Methods, and Technologies.Jamie Woodcock - 2021 - NanoEthics 15 (1):87-98.
    Digital technology is playing an increasingly visible role in the organisation of many people’s work—as well as large parts of their lives more broadly. The concerns of emancipatory technology studies, or other critical accounts of technology, are often focused on finding alternative uses of technology. In many workplace contexts—from call centres to platform work—the imperatives of capital are deeply written into these technologies. Yet at the same time, many capitalist technologies are playing a key role facilitating emerging workers’ struggles. For (...)
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