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Grisot, Miria; Parmiggiani, Elena; and Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie, "Infrastructuring Internet of Things for public governance" (2018). Research-in-Progress Papers. 66.

Infrastructuring internet of things for public governance

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Author: Grisot, Miria1; Parmiggiani, Elena2,3; Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie4
Organizations: 1Westerdals School of Art, Communication and Technology, Oslo, Norway
2Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science, Trondheim, Norway
3University of Oulu, INTERACT Research Unit, Oulu, Finland
4University of Oslo, Norway
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Language: English
Published: Association for Information Systems, 2018
Publish Date: 2020-11-10


Networks of smart devices referred to as Internet of Things (IoT) have valuable applications across policy areas in the public sector. However, we lack knowledge on how IoT actually takes part in pro- cesses of societal decision making and its social implications. In this paper, we report from research in progress on IoT and big data in the public sector. Empirically, we study three cases of utilization of IoT in three domains where sensors and wireless infrastructures are put in place. Specifically, the case studies are in the contexts of city management (smart city), healthcare and environmental moni- toring. Theoretically we make use of the concept of infrastructuring to go beyond the focus on IoT in- frastructures as networks of technical objects, and rather foreground IoT as political, value-laden and performative configurations. We focus on algorithmic phenomena to examine the processes by which algorithms shape reality. Our preliminary findings show that this is a promising direction for re- search. This study will contribute to improve the understanding of how IoT arrangements transform processes of governance in the public sector.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-86137-667-1
Pages: 1 - 8
Article number: 66
Host publication: 26th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2018
Host publication editor: Frank, U.
Kautz, K.
Bednar, P. M.
Conference: European Conference on Information Systems
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: © Association for Information Systems 2018.