S2E7: How can we structure digital spaces more democratically?

Dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies have changed and are chang­ing our world. But the eupho­ria about these tech­nolo­gies not only improv­ing con­nec­tiv­i­ty, but cre­at­ing a glob­al pub­lic sphere have giv­en way to cau­tion about their impact. With the increas­ing monop­o­liza­tion of dig­i­tal infra­struc­ture and accu­mu­la­tion of pow­er by a few giant Big Tech com­pa­nies, there is increas­ing con­cern over its impact on our free­doms, as well as the ways in which it shapes how we live and per­ceive the world. In this episode, Evge­ny Moro­zov (founder of the con­tent rec­om­men­da­tion web­site The Syl­labus) helps us under­stand how we can struc­ture dig­i­tal spaces more demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly, while har­vest­ing the trans­for­ma­tion­al poten­tial of these technologies.

About

Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.