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

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Hardback 464 Pages / Published: 23/06/2022
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A mighty manifesto for governing the incresingly omniscient digital world, Susskind's groundbreaking volume is an essential, accessible roadmap for curbing the misinformation and malice of the internet.

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?

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, a failure derived from decades of muddled ideas and wishful thinking.

The Digital Republic charts a new course, with new legal standards, new public bodies and institutions, new duties on platforms, new rights and regulators, and 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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526625489
Number of pages: 464
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Jamie Susskind has established himself as one of the foremost thinkers on the transformative impact of the technology revolution. The Digital Republic is as innovative in its ideas as it is sharp with its analysis, offering an important contribution to the future of technology regulation while bridging the gap between changemakers and policymakers' - Tony Blair

'A deeply engaging and thought-provoking book which should be read by everyone (including those with no technical knowledge) who wants to understand how AI can affect our lives, and how we could rise to the challenges this presents' - Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the UK Supreme Court (2012-2017)

'In the shadow of algorithmic discrimination, Big Tech's overarching power, and menacing cyberwarfare, Susskind offers an alternative, enticing and convincing in equal parts: digital republicanism. I am sold. Read this book' - Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger, co-author of Big Data

'The sprawling power of tech giants is one of the biggest, most complex and urgent challenges facing modern democracy. It takes rare clarity, focus and intellectual discipline to address the issue as lucidly and practically as Jamie Susskind has done in The Digital Republic' - Rafael Behr

'What to do with Big Tech is one of the enduring questions of today. In The Digital Republic, Jamie Susskind argues that it is time to deal with 'the unaccountable power of digital technology' and offers a primer of how law and governance could be harnessed to reshape Big Tech' - Financial Times

'The digital revolution threatens to overturn democracy. But we can still do something about it. This book is the blueprint, philosophical and practical, on how to remake our online society to make sure democracy prevails' - Peter Pomerantsev, author of This Is Not Propaganda

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