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The Brutal Fight to Mine Your Data and Sell It to Your Boss - Bloomberg
If that argument is only somewhat reassuring, HiQ’s argument is effectively that we’re on our own, and that this is the price we pay for today’s internet. “There’s probably lots and lots of applications that might make someone feel a little queasy, right?” Gupta told Judge Chen. “But the thing is, we can’t sit here today and police every possible business model that some entrepreneur in Silicon Valley might come up with. It’s public information. It’s the marketplace of ideas. It’s the engine of our country’s growth.”
personalData  dataMining  scraping  legal  surveillance  LinkedIn  HiQ  analytics  employment  management  metrics  recruitment  retention 
november 2017 by petej
Against capital – STUART LAWSON
Capitalism is the economic system that we all live in, and that all of our interactions as researchers, as students, and as people take place within. Methods of capitalist organisation – resources being given a price to be exchanged in markets to produce a profit for the owners – have become so deeply engrained in our cultural imaginary that it’s sometimes a struggle to remember that things can be otherwise. Neoliberalism is a political project to re-shape all social relations so that they conform to the logic of capital.1

Under neoliberal regimes, policy is designed to encourage us to think in a self-interested transactional way about how we all interact with each other. It turns us all not into capitalists, but rather into mini-capital ourselves, to act as what has been termed ‘entrepreneurs of ourselves’.2 In higher education, this is reflected in the quantification and metricisation of every aspect of life in universities, whether that’s through the tuition fees that – south of the border – put a price on the supposed value of education and turn students into ‘consumers’ who supposedly make decisions on what and where to study based on rational indicators of projected future earned income – the new Longitudinal Education Outcomes, or LEO, data is all about this; or through the rankings that pit universities against each other, in just one of the many ways that academics are forced to act competitively amongst themselves rather than co-operatively. Neoliberalism in education is not just about the overtly financial things like tuition fees, it’s about enforcing a market-like way of thinking about every aspect of our behaviour. When you’re told you need to publish in journals with a high impact factor and improve your h-index, you need to measure the impact of your research by tracking metrics of your research outputs, purely to demonstrate your value in the marketplace to get that job or grant rather than having anything to do with the actual quality of the work, that’s all part of it too.
openAccess  scholarlyCommunication  publishing  publishers  capitalism  neoliberalism  metrics  dctagged  dc:creator=LawsonStuart 
july 2017 by petej
Systems of measurement have a productive power in our lives | British Politics and Policy at LSE
"Metrics already perform a powerful productive role in the social world; they vindicate and limit, they cajole and incentivise, they legitimate and justify. When we reflect on how metrics are frequently used to manage performance, to facilitate competition, to judge us or to compare what we do with others, it is crucial that we see metrics as being central to the power dynamics of the age in which we live."
metrics  measurement  quantification  neoliberalism  performance  analytics  competition  behaviour  dctagged  dc:creator=BeerDavid 
april 2016 by petej
The TEF's first assessment - Wonkhe
"But the real missed opportunity is the entire lack of incentive for staff who teach. Though the REF has many flaws, the need to be “ref-able” is an important driver for many academics. The individual research can see her activity reflect in the success of their department or institution, and benefit (on occasion) from the increased availability of research funding. With TEF there is no link between individual teaching performance and the assessment of teaching excellence.

The use of metrics and institutional evidence serves to standardise practice rather than incentivise excellence – in targeting managers “excellent teaching” as a concept is almost completely lost."
GreenPaper  education  higherEducation  universities  BIS  JohnsonJo  TEF  teaching  quality  assessment  metrics  dctagged  dc:creator=KernohanDavid 
november 2015 by petej
Research metrics have made rivalry part of higher education’s DNA | Peter Scott | Education | The Guardian
"The war between peer review and metrics is a phoney one. The real war is between those who believe that values of respect and trust, mutuality and solidarity, should guide the behaviour of universities, and academics, and those who are determined to impose an impoverished and impoverishing market ideology in higher education."
education  higherEducation  universities  research  academia  academics  metrics  competition  ranking  quantification  leagueTables  peerReview  UK  policy  dctagged  dc:creator=ScottPeter 
august 2015 by petej
There are powerful currents whipping up the metric tide. The HEFCE metrics report
"Metrics, and still more altmetrics, are far too crude to measure the quality of science. To hope to do that without reading the paper is pie in the sky (even reading it, it’s often impossible to tell)."
HEFCE  research  metrics  education  higherEducation  universities  quantification  altmetrics  ranking  UK 
july 2015 by petej
The metrics dilemma | HEFCE blog
What if all UK institutions made a stand against global rankings, and stopped using them for promotional purposes?
education  higherEducation  universities  research  assessment  metrics  ranking  leagueTables  marketing  dctagged  dc:creator=ShadboltNigel 
july 2015 by petej
"Both the TEF and the new QA model advance the “dashboard model” of policy analysis, and a managerial rather than leaderly approach to institutional management – neither expose the important assumptions that underpin the measurements. Sure, it’s fun to watch the emerging turf war between BIS and HEFCE – and it is fun to read the guarded snark of the Russell Group – but we’re really seeing poor quality policymaking being disguised by a whiff of big data."
education  higherEducation  universities  policy  teaching  assessment  HEFCE  QA  KPMG  BIS  JohnsonJo  TEF  metrics  UK 
july 2015 by petej
What Do Metrics Want? How Quantification Prescribes Social Interaction on Facebook : Computational Culture
"Facebook has become a primary space of interaction, but it is a private, mediated space, not the public town square of old—or even the relatively free spaces of Usenet or online forums. Demetricator intervenes into this new private social space in order to help us understand that Facebook is not a neutral facilitator of interaction. Demetricator reveals how Facebook draws on our deeply ingrained “desire for more,” compelling us to reimagine friendship as a quantitative space, and pushing us to watch the metric as our guide. But the metric is an agent of the system, a thing with intention that adheres to various powers, be they designers, programmers, Facebook the corporation, or the system itself. It places us within a graphopticon, asking us to evaluate the metrics of our friends while at the same time internalizing our need to excel quantitatively. The metric draws us in by focusing us on the now so that we stay active within the system, producing the content it needs to survive. It homogenizes our individuality, making us easier to categorize and market to while limiting our ability to distinguish ourselves. The metric wants what the system needs: more friends, more “likes,” more comments, more photos, more connections, and more points of analysis. Through its metrics, Facebook imposes patterns of interaction on us, changing what we say to each other and guiding how we think about each other. Demetricator, through its removal of the metrics, both reveals and eases these prescribed patterns of sociality. It shows us what the metrics want. The metrics want more."
Facebook  quantification  metrics  socialMedia  motivation  gamification  incentives  incentivisation  analysis  behaviour  communication  identity  esteem  performance  interface 
january 2015 by petej
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