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About

Astrid Mager is a scholar in Science and Technology Studies with a particular interest in Internet technologies and socio-political developments. Her research is concerned with the Internet and society, search engine policies, algorithms and aspects of privacy, critical theory, as well as digital methods against the background of science and technology studies and technology assessment.

Education

Born in 1977 and raised in Linz, she studied sociology and communication sciences at the University of Vienna. She ended her studies in 2002 with a master's thesis dealing with organ transplantation in Austrian media debates (Mag.rer.soc.oec.). From 2002-2003 she studied at the Université Paris Diderot (Erasmus grant). She also attended a number of workshops on Internet research and network analysis by the Govcom.org Foundation, Amsterdam (Prof. Dr. Richard Rogers). She finished her PhD thesis on the Internet as a a source of health information in 2010 at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna, supervised by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Felt (Dr. phil.).

Experience

From 2004-2009 Astrid Mager worked as a research collaborator at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, mainly on the project "Virtually Informed. The Internet in the medical field" (FWF). She was also a lecturer at the Department of Science and Technology Studies and Nursing Sciences from 2005 to 2010. From 2010 to 2012 she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the HUMlab, Umeå University, in Sweden and investigated search engines and algorithmic ideologies.

Since 2012 she works as a postdoctoral researcher at the ITA, leading the project on "Glocal Search". Search technology at the intersection of global capitalism and local socio-political cultures" (OeNB) at first. Since November 2016 she is leader of the FWF project "Algorithmic imaginaries. Visions and values in the shaping of search engines" (Elise Richter fellowship). She teaches at the Department of Science and Technology Studies as an external lecturer and is co-editor of the open-access journal "Momentum Quaterly - Journal for social progress".

In 2018 Mager was elected to the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Projects

TA Projects

TA Projects

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Selected Publications

Her list of publications includes a number of articles in international journals – such as Social Studies of Science; New Media & Society; Policy & Internet; Information, Communication & Society – dealing with the Internet and medicine, and, more recently, search engines in contemporary capitalism.

Refereed Contributions

Refereed Contributions

  • Mager, A., & Katzenbach, C. (2021). Future imaginaries in the making and governing of digital technology: Multiple, Contested, Commodified. New Media & Society, 23, 12. doi:10.1177/1461444820929321
  • Allhutter, D., Cech, F., Fischer, F., Grill, G., & Mager, A. (2020). Algorithmic Profiling of Job Seekers in Austria: How Austerity Politics Are Made Effective. Frontiers In Big Data, Special Issue Critical Data and Algorithm Studies, 17. doi:10.3389/fdata.2020.00005
  • Mager, A., & Mayer, K. (2019). Body data-data body: Tracing ambiguous trajectories of data bodies between empowerment and social control in the context of health. Momentum Quarterly, 8, 95-108. doi:10.15203/momentumquarterly.vol8.no2.p95-108
  • Mager, A. (2019). Book Review: Ann Rudinow Sætnan, Ingrid Schneider, and Nicola Green (2018): The Politics of Big Data. Big Data, Big Brother?. Information, Communication & Societyinformation, Communication & Society, 22, 1523-1525. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2019.1567804
  • Mager, A. (2018). Internet governance as joint effort: (Re)Ordering search engines at the intersection of global and local cultures. New Media & Society, 20, 3657-3677. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-papers/internet-governance-as-joint-effort.pdf
  • Mager, A. (2017). Search engine imaginary: Visions and values in the co-production of search technology and Europe. Social Studies Of Science, 47, 240-262. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-papers/search-engine-imaginary.pdf
  • Mager, A. (2014). Defining Algorithmic Ideology: Using Ideology Critique to Scrutinize Corporate Search Engines. Triplec: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 12. Jg. – 2014, 28-39. Retrieved from http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/439/523
  • Eklöf, J., & Mager, A. (2013). Technoscientific Promotion and Biofuel Policy: How the press and search engines stage the biofuel controversy. Media, Culture & Society, 35, 454-471. doi:10.1177/0163443713483794
  • Mager, A. (2012). Algorithmic Ideology. How capitalist society shapes search engines. Information, Communication & Society. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2012.676056
  • Mager, A. (2012). Search Engines Matter: From educating users towards engaging with online health information practices. Policy & Internet, 4.
  • Mager, A. (2012). Health information politics: Reconsidering the democratic ideal of the Web as a source of medical knowledge. First Monday, 17. doi:10.5210/fm.v17i10.3895
  • Mager, A. (2012). Review of Erkki Huhtamo and Jussi Parikka, eds., Media Archaeology. Approaches, Applications, and Implications (2011, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press). Information, Communication & Society. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2012.722224
  • Mager, A. (2009). Mediated Health. Sociotechnical practices of providing and using online health information. New Media & Society, 11, 1123-1142. Retrieved from http://nms.sagepub.com/content/11/7/1123.abstract
  • Felt, U., Gugglberger, L., & Mager, A. (2009). Shaping the future e-patient: The citizen-patient in public discourse on e-health. Science Studies, 22, 24-43. Retrieved from http://www.sciencetechnologystudies.org/system/files/Felt_et_al.pdf
  • Felt, U., Fochler, M., Mager, A., & Winkler, P. (2008). Visions and versions of governing biomedicine: narratives on power structures, decision-making, and public participation in the field of biomedical technologies in the Austrian context. Social Studies Of Science, 38, 233-257. Retrieved from http://sss.sagepub.com/content/38/2/233.abstract
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Articles/Book contributions

Articles/Book contributions

  • Mager, A., & Mayer, K. (2017). Biofeedback. Von Körperdaten und Datenkörpern. In H. Ranzenbacher (Ed.), FIN/2 – Liquid Music. Wies: Eigenverlag Liquid Music.
  • Gudowsky, N., Sotoudeh, M., Bogner, A., Fuchs, D., Mager, A., Stemberger, S., Krieger-Lamina, J., Strauß, S., Torgersen, H., Wächter, P., & Zinner, H. (2014). Responsible Research und TA – Innovationen neu gestalten. Bericht von der 6. Konferenz des Netzwerks TA und der 14. Jahreskonferenz des ITA Wien (NTA6-TA14). Technikfolgenabschätzung – Theorie Und Praxis (Tatup), 23, 106-110. Retrieved from http://www.tatup-journal.de/tatup143_guua14a.php
  • Mager, A. (2014). Is small really beautiful? Big search and its alternatives. In R. König & Rasch, M. (Eds.), Society of the Query Reader. Reflections on Web Search (pp. 59-72). Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures.
  • Mager, A. (2013). In search of ideology. Socio-cultural dimensions of Google and alternative search engines. doi:10.1553/ITA-ms-13-02
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Books/Editorships

Books/Editorships

Research Reports

Research Reports

  • Allhutter, D., Mager, A., Cech, F., Fischer, F., & Grill, G. (2020). Der AMS Algorithmus - Eine Soziotechnische Analyse des Arbeitsmarktchancen-Assistenz-Systems (AMAS) (p. 120). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ITA-pb-2020-02
  • Mager, A. (2015). Glocal Search – Search technology at the intersection of global capitalism and local socio-political cultures: Final Report (p. 12). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-pb-a64
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Conference Papers/Speeches

Conference Papers/Speeches

  • 18/09/2018 , Klagenfurt
    Mager, Astrid
    Social innovation. Alternative search engines as drivers for social change?
    STS Austria Conference "Innovation and Societal Transformation: Science, Democracy, and Sustainable Futures"
    Other Lecture
  • 26/07/2018 , Lancaster
    Mager, Astrid
    “Data protection is a fundamental right in Europe”. Examining sociotechnical imaginaries of search engines and a European identity
    EASST2018: Meetings – Making Science, Technology and Society together
    Other Lecture
  • 11/06/2018 , Wien
    Mager, Astrid
    Technikforschung als Gesellschaftskritik? Analyse der Rolle von Normativität in meiner Forschung zu alternativen Suchmaschinen
    TA'18: Technikfolgenabschätzung und Normativität – An welchen Werten orientiert sich TA?
    Other Lecture
  • 28/05/2018 , Hamburg
    Mager, Astrid
    Algorithmic Imaginaries
    Ethics in Information Technology
    Other Invited Lecture
  • 19/04/2018 , Berlin
    Mager, Astrid
    Algorithmic Imaginaries. Vision and values in the shaping of search engines
    Institute of Computer Science, Freie Universität Berlin
    Other Invited Lecture
  • 01/11/2017 , Wien
    Mager, Astrid
    Algorithmische Imaginationen. Visionen und Werte in der Ko-Produktion von Suchtechnologie und Europa
    Jahrestagung 2017 der VSJF – Vereinigung für Sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung
    Other Lecture
  • 01/09/2017 , Athen
    Mager, Astrid
    (Un)Making Europe in the Context of Search Engine Policy
    European Sociological Association Conference
    Other Lecture
  • 09/06/2017 , Wies
    Mager, Astrid Mayer, Katja
    Biofeedback. Good bot and bad bot
    Liquid Music FIN/2
    Other Lecture
  • 02/03/2017 , Wien
    Mager, Astrid
    Suchmaschinen in Europa. Europäische Suchmaschinen?
    Netzpolitischer Abend
    Other Lecture
  • 15/11/2016 , Wien
    Mager, Astrid
    Statement am Podium
    Round Table-Diskussion 'Search for... Serendipity'
    Other Lecture
  • 05/10/2016 , Berlin
    Mager, Astrid
    Search engine imaginary. Visions and values in the co-production of search technology and Europe
    Association of Internet Research Conference: 'Internet Rules!'
    Other Lecture
  • 05/06/2015 , Wien
    Mager, Astrid
    Algorithmic Imaginaries. Visions and values in the co-production of search engine politics and Europe
    IS4IS Summit Vienna 2015 — The Information Society at the Crossroads
    Other Lecture
  • 23/04/2015 , Wien
    Mager, Astrid
    Europa gegen Google & Co?
    Präsentation der Projektergebnisse 'Glocal Search' (OeNB),
    Other Lecture
  • 25/03/2015 , Wien
    Mager, Astrid
    Alternative Suchmaschinen und deren Ideologien
    Buchpräsentation: Anton Tantner: Die ersten Suchmaschinen. Adressbüros, Fragämter, Intelligenz-Comptoirs
    Other Invited Lecture
  • 29/11/2014 , Wien
    Mager, Astrid
    Search engine governance at the intersection of global, European, and local contexts
    Tag der Politikwissenschaft 2014
    Other Lecture
  • 14/11/2014 , New York
    Mager, Astrid
    Digital labor, capitalist ideology, and alternative future
    DL14 – Digital Labor Conference
    Other Lecture
  • 17/09/2014 , Torun
    Mager, Astrid
    The absence and presence of 'the state' in sociotechnical imaginaries of search engines
    EASST conference 2014
    Other Lecture
  • 05/05/2014 , Graz
    Mager, Astrid
    Google media coverage in the context of EU data protection reform
    STS Conference 2014 'Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies', Panel 'The Politics of ICTs'
    Other Lecture
  • 07/11/2013 , Amsterdam
    Mager, Astrid
    Is small really beautiful? Big search and its alternatives
    Society of the Query #2
    Other Lecture
  • 26/09/2013 , Wien
    Mager, Astrid
    Statement am Podium. Panel: Social Media in der Politarena – Zwischen Mobilisierung und Shitstorm-Gefahr
    Österreichische Medientage #20
    Other Lecture

Short Articles

Short Articles

  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2021). How fair is the AMS Algorithm? ITA-Dossier No 52en (March 2021; Authors: Astrid Mager, Doris Allhutter). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-052en
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2021). Wie fair ist der AMS-Algorithmus? ITA-Dossier Nr. 52 (Jänner 2021; AutorInnen: Astrid Mager, Doris Allhutter). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-052
  • Mager, A., & Allhutter, D. (2020). AMS-Algorithmus könnte zu struktureller und sozialer Ungleichheit beitragen. Arbeit Und Wirtschaft Blog. Retrieved from https://awblog.at/ams-algorithmus-koennte-zu-sozialer-ungleichheit-beitragen/
  • Mager, A. (2020). Deus ex machina? Rezension zu "Todesalgorithmus: Das Dilemma der künstlichen Intelligenz" von Roberto Simanowski. Retrieved from https://www.soziopolis.de/lesen/buecher/artikel/deus-ex-machina/
  • Mager, A. (2020). Digitale Weichenstellungen in der Krise. Der Standard - Junge Akademie Blog. Retrieved from https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000117504511/digitale-weichenstellungen-in-der-krise
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2020). AMS Algorithm on trial. ITA-Dossier No 43en (February 2020; Authors: Doris Allhutter, Fabian Fischer, Astrid Mager). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-043en
  • Mager, A. (2019). Myth #19: Search engines provide objective results. In Matthias C Ketteman and Stephan Dreyer (Ed.), Busted. The truth about the 50 most common internet myths. (p. 2). doi:10.5281/zenodo.3520739
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2019). AMS-Algorithmus am Prüfstand. ITA-Dossier Nr. 43 (Juli 2019; AutorInnen: Doris Allhutter, Fabian Fischer, Astrid Mager). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-043
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2018). Quantified self. ITA dossier no. 35en (April 2018; Authors: Astrid Mager, Katja Mayer). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-035en
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2018). Selbst vermessen – fremd gesteuert. ITA-Dossier Nr. 35 (April 2018; Autorinnen: Astrid Mager, Katja Mayer). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-035
  • Mager, A. (2017). Weizenbaum-Institut: Wird sein Name Programm sein?. openTA-Blog. Retrieved from https://www.openta.net/blog/-/blogs/weizenbaum-institut-wird-sein-name-programm-sein-
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2015). Europe against Google & Co.? ITA dossier no. 15en (April 2015; Author: Astrid Mager). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-015en
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2015). Europa gegen Google & Co? ITA-Dossier Nr. 15 (April 2015; Autorin: Astrid Mager). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-015
  • Mager, A. (2012). "Glokale" Perspektive auf Google & Co. Ita-Newsletter, 3 f.Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0312.pdf#3
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Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2021). How fair is the AMS Algorithm? ITA-Dossier No 52en (March 2021; Authors: Astrid Mager, Doris Allhutter). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-052en
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2021). Wie fair ist der AMS-Algorithmus? ITA-Dossier Nr. 52 (Jänner 2021; AutorInnen: Astrid Mager, Doris Allhutter). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-052
  • Mager, A. (2020). Deus ex machina? Rezension zu "Todesalgorithmus: Das Dilemma der künstlichen Intelligenz" von Roberto Simanowski. Retrieved from https://www.soziopolis.de/lesen/buecher/artikel/deus-ex-machina/
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2020). AMS Algorithm on trial. ITA-Dossier No 43en (February 2020; Authors: Doris Allhutter, Fabian Fischer, Astrid Mager). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-043en
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2019). AMS-Algorithmus am Prüfstand. ITA-Dossier Nr. 43 (Juli 2019; AutorInnen: Doris Allhutter, Fabian Fischer, Astrid Mager). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-043
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2018). Quantified self. ITA dossier no. 35en (April 2018; Authors: Astrid Mager, Katja Mayer). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-035en
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2018). Selbst vermessen – fremd gesteuert. ITA-Dossier Nr. 35 (April 2018; Autorinnen: Astrid Mager, Katja Mayer). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-035
  • Mager, A. (2017). Weizenbaum-Institut: Wird sein Name Programm sein?. openTA-Blog. Retrieved from https://www.openta.net/blog/-/blogs/weizenbaum-institut-wird-sein-name-programm-sein-
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2015). Europe against Google & Co.? ITA dossier no. 15en (April 2015; Author: Astrid Mager). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-015en
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2015). Europa gegen Google & Co? ITA-Dossier Nr. 15 (April 2015; Autorin: Astrid Mager). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-015
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Contact

Tel.: +43 (0)1 515 81-6598
Fax: (+43-1-) 515 81-6570
Apostelgasse 23, 1030 Wien
astrid.mager(at)oeaw.ac.at

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