It is one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform society and the way we govern?
There is no doubt that technological advances have transformed our lives for the better. There is little doubt too, argues bestselling author Jamie Susskind, that digital systems have the potential to control us.
In his ground-breaking analysis, Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, Susskind calls for a fundamental change in the way we think about politics in the digital age. Reminding us of the very real ability of digital technology to shape the way we think, feel and behave, Susskind puts forward a clear warning: those who control these technologies will increasingly control us all.
Chaired by Rosalind Dixon, Professor of Law at UNSW Sydney.
This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and is a part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Trust. Supported by Adelaide Writers' Week.
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Jamie Susskind is an author, speaker, and practising barrister. A past Fellow of Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, he studied history and politics at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating first in his year before turning to the law. He is the author of the award-winning Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, an Evening Standard Book of the Year, a Prospect Book of the Year, and a Guardian Book of the Day. Future Politics was also awarded the 2019 Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize. Susskind writes and speaks about technology – from AI to blockchain, robotics, and virtual reality – and politics. He speaks globally about the future of power, freedom, justice, and democracy, and has written for The New York Times, Wired, and New Statesman.
Rosalind Dixon is a Professor of Law at UNSW Sydney. She earned her BA and LLB from UNSW Sydney and was an associate to the Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon. Murray Gleeson AC, before attending Harvard Law School, where she obtained an LLM and SJD. Her work focuses on comparative constitutional law and constitutional design, constitutional democracy, theories of constitutional dialogue and amendment, socio-economic rights and constitutional law and gender. She was the co-Lead of the Grand Challenge on Inequality and is now the co-Director of the New Economic Equality Initiative. Rosalind is the Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and deputy director of the Herbert Smith Freehills Initiative on Law and Economics.