Auditing/Audits/Information Society/Morozov: Michael Powers' book on the Audit Society (1) was published in 1997, but the temptation of auditing has only worsened since then. The problem is that, in view of the fact that digital technologies allow us to collect and store data cheaply, it might be tempting to skip the complex philosophical and empirical analysis that is essential for analysing the purposes of transparency and opacity in a given context. However, it would be wrong to blame it directly on the changes in the new technological environment.
We must also explain the attitudes and ideas that support this technological environment and allow it to continue to expand calmly, while presenting all these developments as inevitable, lasting and natural. Internet-centrism and solutionism feed from the attitude of the Enlightenment towards the liberating power of information. It is always assumed that more information is better than less; having more opportunities to analyse the same information is always better than less. Julie Cohen, a legal scholar, calls this attitude "the information-processing imperative" and argues that it evokes an attitude that equates the gathering of information with a "single, inevitable trajectory of progress".
1. Michael Power, The Audit Society: Rituals of Verification (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).
2. Julie E. Cohen, Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 117._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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