The Governors’ Advisors: Experts and Expertise as Platform Governance

Amre Metwally
24 Yale J.L. & Tech. 510

The paper discusses the types of experts engaged in platform governance before analyzing the tactics and methods at their disposal. The central contention in this paper is that the platforms themselves are the “foreground deciders” and that these experts, or “people with projects,” operate in the background, instead “advis[ing] and interpret[ing] by inhabiting modes of knowledge and communication through which they can pursue projects with some plausible deniability of agency.” The ideological agendas and facts that serve as a basis for a preferred vision of platform governance are socially constructed.