Political Philosophy Colloquium
This seminar will consider the philosophy of digital republicanism. A core component of this philosophy is the proposition that a primary purpose of law and regulation is to reduce structures of unaccountable power. This seminar will consider the merits of that proposition, and its implications for those who design and control powerful technologies. It will explore the four governing principles of digital republicanism, as sketched out in The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century (Bloomsbury/Pegasus, 2022), and how they depart from the principles currently guiding technology governance in the US and elsewhere.
Jamie Susskind is the author of The Digital Republic (2022) (“a wise manifesto for digital democracy” – The Economist) and the award-winning bestseller Future Politics (2018), which received the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize. A practicing barrister, Jamie is a graduate of the University of Oxford and has held fellowships at Harvard and Cambridge. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Times, the Financial Times, Wired, and elsewhere. The Evening Standard has said, “Susskind could be one of the great public intellectual rock stars of our time.” Tony Blair has said he “has established himself as one of the foremost thinkers on the transformative impact of the technology revolution”.