This is a question really. I have written some fiction on the theme of algorithmic governance (algorithmic governmentality, algocracy), like:
- 'Froggy Goes Piggy' in The Long + Short
- 'Public Money and Democracy' (Comedy of the Commons) in Economic Science Fictions
- 'The Internet of Things Your Mother Never Told You' in Twelve Tomorrows
These are stories that are trying to explore the friction you experience living in automated processes that have a particular model of who and what you are, and creates affordances and nudged based on that model. I'm sure there are lots of works like this out there and I'd like to make a list. Suggestions welcome, and/or I'll expand this when I think of more.
- The novel If/Then by Matthew De Abaiuta (and here's a paper I co-wrote about that)
- Cory Doctorow's 'Petard'
- Robert Kiely and Sean O'Brien's essay 'Science Friction' has some useful context and maybe some leads
- Sarah Gailey's 'Stet,' about self-driving cars
- Surian Soosay's 'Portrait of an Amazonian,' maybe?
- Kate Crawford, 'Can an Algorithm be Agnostic?': an article deploying vignettes
- Ferrett Steinmetz's article '8 Science Fiction Books That Get Programming Right' doesn't focus on algorithmic governance per se but is adjacent and interesting
- Daniel Suarez' Daemon and Freedom (tm)
- 'Life's a Game' by Charles Stross (gamification theme) in Twelve Tomorrows
- Tim Maughan's Infinite Detail (surveillance theme)
- An older work, perhaps Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano (automation, psychometrics)
There is also another SFF trope that is adjacent to this, which you might call AI takeover, which is much more to do with automated processes behaving in unexpectedly anthropological ways. There are obviously overlaps, but I think mostly I'm interested in something else here. As Janelle Shane of AI Weirdness puts it (I'm paraphrasing), the risk is not that AI won't do what we ask, but that it will do exactly what we ask. I think what I'm looking for is Algorithmic Governance Weirdness, a subset of AI weirdness.