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Introduction: life and the law in the era of data-driven agency

Introduction: life and the law in the era of data-driven agency
Introduction: life and the law in the era of data-driven agency
This volume targets the issue of how data-driven agency affects everyday life and everyday law, highlighting potential transformations of human agency and the emergence of new types of human-machine hybrid intelligence. Human agency will be considered as depending – in part – on the affordances of our technological environment, meaning that insofar as modern law assumes a specific type of human agency, we cannot take for granted that this assumption will survive the era of data-driven information and communication infrastructures. This invites a reflection on ‘the political’ in the realm of algorithmic systems that act on the feedback they gain from their sensors and/or other data input. Are we moving towards a driverless democracy that overcomes old school notions such as sovereignty, or will a driverless democracy result in a clueless form of ungovernment? Shall we lose track of the values and institutions that we need to preserve if we wish to survive the scaling of personalized manipulation in the realm of public debate? And what if a driverless law arrives to overdetermine the choice architecture of our machinic environments?
data protection, Privacy, Agency
1-15
Edward Elgar
O'hara, Kieron
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Hildebrandt, Mireille
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Hildebrandt, Mireille
O'Hara, Kieron
O'hara, Kieron
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Hildebrandt, Mireille
O'Hara, Kieron

O'hara, Kieron and Hildebrandt, Mireille (2020) Introduction: life and the law in the era of data-driven agency. In, Hildebrandt, Mireille and O'Hara, Kieron (eds.) Life and the Law in the Era of Data-Driven Agency. Cheltenham. Edward Elgar, pp. 1-15. (doi:10.4337/9781788972000.00006).

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This volume targets the issue of how data-driven agency affects everyday life and everyday law, highlighting potential transformations of human agency and the emergence of new types of human-machine hybrid intelligence. Human agency will be considered as depending – in part – on the affordances of our technological environment, meaning that insofar as modern law assumes a specific type of human agency, we cannot take for granted that this assumption will survive the era of data-driven information and communication infrastructures. This invites a reflection on ‘the political’ in the realm of algorithmic systems that act on the feedback they gain from their sensors and/or other data input. Are we moving towards a driverless democracy that overcomes old school notions such as sovereignty, or will a driverless democracy result in a clueless form of ungovernment? Shall we lose track of the values and institutions that we need to preserve if we wish to survive the scaling of personalized manipulation in the realm of public debate? And what if a driverless law arrives to overdetermine the choice architecture of our machinic environments?

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Published date: 31 January 2020
Keywords: data protection, Privacy, Agency

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/437793
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Author: Mireille Hildebrandt
Editor: Mireille Hildebrandt
Editor: Kieron O'Hara

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