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After the Digital Tornado: Networks, Algorithms, Humanity

ISBN13: 9781108426633
To be Published: September 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

Networks powered by algorithms are pervasive. Major contemporary technology trends—Internet of Things, Big Data, Digital Platform Power, Blockchain, and the Algorithmic Society—are manifestations of this phenomenon. The internet, which once seemed an unambiguous benefit to society, is now the basis for invasions of privacy, massive concentrations of power, and wide-scale manipulation. The algorithmic networked world poses deep questions about power, freedom, fairness, and human agency. The influential 1997 Federal Communications Commission whitepaper “Digital Tornado” hailed the “endless spiral of connectivity” that would transform society, and today, little remains untouched by digital connectivity. Yet fundamental questions remain unresolved, and even more serious challenges have emerged.

This important collection, which offers a reckoning and a foretelling, features leading technology scholars who explain the legal, business, ethical, technical, and public policy challenges of building pervasive networks and algorithms for the benefit of humanity.

  • Presents a coherent framework for understanding diverse issues relating to law, policy, and ethics of emerging technology
  • Features parts of the original 1997 “Digital Tornado” paper that provides insightful historical context for today's challenges

IT and Internet Law
Introduction. An endless spiral of connectivity?
Digital Tornado: The internet and telecommunication policy
Kevin Werbach
I. Networks:
1. The regulated end of internet law, and the return to computer and information law?
Christopher T. Marsden
2. Networks, standards, and network-and-standard-based governance
Julie E. Cohen
3. Tech dominance and the policeman at the elbow
Tim Wu
II. Algorithms:
4. Who do we blame for the filter bubble? On the roles of math, data, & people in algorithmic social systems
Kartik Hosanagar and Alex Miller
5. Regulating the feedback effect
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
6. Shaping our tools: contestability as a means to promote responsible algorithmic decision making in the professions
Daniel N. Kluttz, Nitin Kohli, and Deirdre K. Mulligan
III. Humanity:
7. Why a commitment to pluralism should limit how humanity is re-engineered
Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger
8. Caveat usor: epistemic inequality as information warfare and surveillance capitalism's river of fire
Shoshana Zuboff
9. The siren song: algorithmic governance by blockchain
Kevin Werbach