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Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

ISBN : 9780198848929

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¥1,826
Author: 
Jamie Susskind
Pages
544 Pages
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Paperback
Size
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Mar 2020
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Winner of the 2019 Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize.

Politics in the Twentieth Century was dominated by a single question: how much of our collective life should be determined by the state, and what should be left to the market and civil society?
Now the debate is different: to what extent should our lives be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems - and on what terms?

Digital technologies - from artificial intelligence to blockchain, from robotics to virtual reality - are transforming the way we live together. Those who control the most powerful technologies are increasingly able to control the rest of us. As time goes on, these powerful entities - usually big tech firms and the state - will set the limits of our liberty, decreeing what may be done and what is forbidden. Their algorithms will determine vital questions of social justice. In their hands, democracy will flourish or decay.

A landmark work of political theory, Future Politics challenges readers to rethink what it means to be free or equal, what it means to have power or property, and what it means for a political system to be just or democratic. In a time of rapid and relentless changes, it is a book about how we can - and must - regain control.

Index: 

Introduction

Part I. THE DIGITAL LIFEWORLD

1 Increasingly Capable Systems

2 Increasingly Integrated Technology

3 Increasingly Quantified Society

4 Thinking Like a Theorist

Part II. FUTURE POWER

5 Code is Power

6 Force

7 Scrutiny

8 Perception-Control

9 Public and Private Power

Part III. FUTURE LIBERTY

10 Freedom and the Supercharged State

11 Freedom and the Tech Firm

Part IV. FUTURE DEMOCRACY

12 The Dream of Democracy

13 Democracy in the Future

Part V. FUTURE JUSTICE

14 Algorithms of Distribution

15 Algorithms of Recognition

16 Algorithmic Injustice

17 Technological Unemployment

18 The Wealth Cyclone

Part VI. FUTURE POLITICS

19 Transparency and the New Separation of Powers

20 Post-Politics

About the author: 

Jamie Susskind is a former Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and is a practising barrister qualified in England and Wales. Before coming to the Bar, Jamie worked in politics, including for Tony Blair (2008) and the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (2009), who commended Jamie's 'outstanding work' in the Congressional Record.

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