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Rapid and relentless technological innovation, from artificial intelligence to virtual reality, are transforming the way we live together. We invite you to discuss the directions our lives and politics are likely to take with Jamie Susskind.

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Date 21 February 2019
Time 20:00 -21:30
Spui 25

Those who control our technologies – usually big tech firms and the state – increasingly also control us. They will set the limits of our liberty, unilaterally decreeing what is allowed and what is forbidden. Their algorithms will engage vital questions of social justice, allocating social goods and sorting us into new status hierarchies. They will decide the future of democracy, causing it to change form, flourish or perhaps decay.

In his book Future Politics. Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, Jamie Susskind draws on centuries of political thought to shed light on the politics of the future. He challenges us to rethink what it means to be free or equal, what it means to have power or property, what it means for a political system to be just or democratic, and proposes ways in which we can – and must – regain control. We will discuss with the author how digital technology will transform politics and society, to what degree we might safely let our lives be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems, and on what terms.

Over de sprekers
Jamie Susskind is an author, speaker, and practising barrister. A past Fellow of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, he studied history and politics at Magdalen College, Oxford. He lives in London.

Becky Kazansky is a PhD candidate working with the DATACTIVE project at the University of Amsterdam to explore the ‘politics of data according to civil society'. She researches tactics and infrastructures that resist surveillance and data exploitation, looking specifically at how social movements try to anticipate and preempt threats. Alongside her academic research, Becky has worked for over a decade with a number of different human rights and social justice organizations on issues around privacy, digital security, and data governance.

Moderator: Marjolijn Voogel 


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