Western democracies are under new pressures from digital technologies. Whereas before, the internet was seen as an exciting new platform to increase political engagement, encourage the participation of previously underrepresented groups, and improve innovation, now we understand that new forms of communication have created new arenas of power.
This workshop will focus on the way that technology is changing democracy and the theories of privacy.
This session will include:
Introduction to theories of democracy
Exploration of the role of the individual in democracies and why privacy is instrumental in democracies
Workshopping through different thought experiments and scenario planning
Recommendations for future actions to take in your organisation What students have said about this class:
"As with the Human Rights workshop, I liked that this was hands-on and forced us to think of how to apply our interpretations of concepts to scenarios. I thought the workshop was structured well and provided a good balance of Alice's presenting of information with our discussion of ideas."
**This is a standalone module in the Ethics by Design Series*, which encourages you to think more deeply about the products we design and how they are changing our lives and what it means to be human. This class expands upon content in other workshops, but is also easily accessible to new attendees. Check out the upcoming dates for the other classes in the series:
We will provide a link to the session 24h before & again on the day of the class - keep an eye out in your inbox.
All communication will be sent to the email used to purchase a ticket. If you have signed up on behalf of a friend or colleague, please forward along this information. NOTE: this session will not be recorded, however, slides will be sent within 7 days following the class.
Alice Thwaite is the founder of Hattusia and a technology ethicist. She holds a MSc from Oxford University in the Social Sciences of the Internet, and a MA Cantab from the University of Cambridge in the History and Philosophy of Science.
She is frequently asked by BBC News and BBC World News to commentate on matters relating to technology, ethics and society. She has bylines in openDemocracy, Quartz and politics.co.uk. Alice is the presenter of a popular podcast that tackles various matters relating to ethics & technologies impact on society.
Alice specialises in healthy information environments. She is the founder of the Echo Chamber Club and is the author of philosophical theories relating to technology, conflict and disagreement. She is often called upon to review issues relating to disinformation, content moderation, advertising and data ethics.
Your registration for or attendance at any General Assembly offering indicates your agreement to abide by this Community Code of Conduct policy and its terms.