Wednesday June 6 2018

Royal Academy of Art
The Hague

A symposium on public security under algorithmic control

Governments and law enforcement are increasingly using technology and algorithms to predict where and when illegal activities are likely to occur. The fast-paced implementation of these predictive systems has them silently entering the public realm without discussion of their implications and adverse effects; solidifying structural inequality, creating new geographies of violence and dimensions of exclusion.

To address these matters and further questions of organising public safety and security in the age of big data, the students and staff of the master Non-Linear Narrative of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague have organised this symposium, bringing together in conversation a diversity of professional perspectives, including philosophers, academics, designers, and information technology experts.


Alex Vitale (US)

Professor of Sociology and the author of The End of Policing (Verso, 2017)

Ramon Amaro (US)

Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, researching machine learning and black ontology

Marjolein Lanzing (NL)

PhD student at the Department of Philosophy and Ethics at the TU Eindhoven, researching the changing norms of privacy

Lodovica Guarnieri (IT)

A researcher and designer working at the intersection between design, history and politics, collaborating with Stroom Den Haag

Mariëlle den Hengst (NL)

A researcher currently leading the Real-Time Intelligence lab of the Dutch police.

Throughout the day students of the Non Linear Narrative programme will be showing short screenings of the work they’ve produced over the last year.

Non-Linear Narrative at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) is a new two-year master’s programme that merges investigative methods of journalism and forensics with processing technologies of computer science and visual arts.

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