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Digital Citizenship: The impact of new technologies on the future of citizenship

Dates:
  • Tue 27 Feb 2018 11.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-02-27 11:00 2018-02-27 13:00 Europe/Paris Digital Citizenship: The impact of new technologies on the future of citizenship

Emerging technologies will fundamentally alter the institution of citizenship. The scale of this transformation is a puzzle, yet new technologies are already blurring the lines between physical and digital, local and global. Law enforcement agencies employ Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and big data to create “algorithmic citizenship”—a computer algorithm that uses digital activity to predict our “digital identity”; advances in the Human Genome Project open new ways to understand one’s ancestry and migration history—what has been called “genetic citizenship”; Blockchain technologies offer non-territorial forms of political membership, challenge the definition of the “state” as we know it, and set the grounds for new forms of political membership beyond the nation-state (e.g., Bitnation, E-Estonia); and although the granting of citizenship by Saudi Arabia to a female Robot, Sophia, was nothing but a marketing ploy to lure investors, there is a growing body of literature on “robot rights.” Technological advances will change the way we think of communities and identities, membership and belonging, borders and boundaries. The Roundtable will discuss how can technology remodel the essence of citizenship (in all dimensions—rights, identity, status), bring about new citizenship regimes, and redefine the demos.

Theatre, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Theatre, Badia Fiesolana

Emerging technologies will fundamentally alter the institution of citizenship. The scale of this transformation is a puzzle, yet new technologies are already blurring the lines between physical and digital, local and global. Law enforcement agencies employ Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and big data to create “algorithmic citizenship”—a computer algorithm that uses digital activity to predict our “digital identity”; advances in the Human Genome Project open new ways to understand one’s ancestry and migration history—what has been called “genetic citizenship”; Blockchain technologies offer non-territorial forms of political membership, challenge the definition of the “state” as we know it, and set the grounds for new forms of political membership beyond the nation-state (e.g., Bitnation, E-Estonia); and although the granting of citizenship by Saudi Arabia to a female Robot, Sophia, was nothing but a marketing ploy to lure investors, there is a growing body of literature on “robot rights.” Technological advances will change the way we think of communities and identities, membership and belonging, borders and boundaries. The Roundtable will discuss how can technology remodel the essence of citizenship (in all dimensions—rights, identity, status), bring about new citizenship regimes, and redefine the demos.


Location:
Theatre, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Prof. Rainer Bauböck (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)

Contact:
Monika Rzemieniecka (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Prof. Liav Orgad (EUI - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies)
 
 

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