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The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century

The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century

by Jamie Susskind
The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century

The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century

by Jamie Susskind



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From one of the leading intellectuals of the digital age, The Digital Republic is the definitive guide to the great political question of our time: how can freedom and democracy survive in a world of powerful digital technologies?

Financial Times “Book to Read” in 2022
Not long ago, the tech industry was widely admired, and the internet was regarded as a tonic for freedom and democracy. Not anymore. Every day, the headlines blaze with reports of racist algorithms, data leaks, and social media platforms festering with falsehood and hate.

In The Digital Republic, acclaimed author Jamie Susskind argues that these problems are not the fault of a few bad apples at the top of the industry. They are the result of our failure to govern technology properly.

The Digital Republic charts a new course. It offers a plan for the digital age: new legal standards, new public bodies and institutions, new duties on platforms, new rights and regulators, new codes of conduct for people in the tech industry. Inspired by the great political essays of the past, and steeped in the traditions of republican thought, it offers a vision of a different type of society: a digital republic in which human and technological flourishing go hand in hand.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643139029
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/05/2022
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 362,519
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jamie Susskind is a barrister and the author of the award-winning bestseller Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech (Oxford University Press, 2018), which received the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize 2019, and was an Evening Standard and Prospect Book of the Year. He has fellowships at Harvard and Cambridge and currently lives in London.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Part 1 The Age of the Digital Republic

Introduction: Unaccountable Power 3

1 The Indignant Spirit 19

2 Thinking, Old and New 25

Part 2 The House of Power

3 Autocrats of Information 35

4 Data's Dominion 39

5 Masters of Perception 45

6 Republic of Reason 51

7 The Automation of Deliberation 57

Part 3 The Digital Is Political

8 The Morality of Code 65

9 The Computational Ideology 71

10 Technology and Domination 79

Part 4 The Marketplace of Ideals

11 The Market's Place 85

12 Seine 93

13 Ethics Washing 99

14 The Consent Trap 105

Part 5 The Ghost of Governance

15 Making Our Own Laws 115

16 The Mild West 119

17 Private Order 127

Part 6 Foundations of the Digital Republic

18 Four Principles 135

19 Technology and Democracy 145

20 Deliberative Mini-Publics 153

21 Republican Rights 163

22 Republic of Standards 169

Part 7 Counterpower

23 Tech Tribunals 177

24 Collective Enforcement 185

25 Certified Republic 191

26 Responsible Adults 197

27 Republican Internationalism 203

Part 8 Openness

28 A New Inspectorate 213

29 Zones of Darkness 217

30 Transparency about Transparency 221

31 A Duty of Openness 225

Part 9 Giants, Data and Algorithms

32 Antitrust, Awakened 235

33 Republican Antitrust 243

34 Beyond Privacy 249

35 Acceptable Algorithms 257

Part 10 Governing Social Media

36 The Battlefield of Ideas 267

37 Toasters with Pictures 277

38 A System of Free Expression 285

39 Governing Social Media 293

Conclusion: The Digital Republic 301

Acknowledgements 307

Notes 311

Bibliography 387

Index 435

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