Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Freedom in an Age of Algocracy

Here's a preprint of a new paper I have coming out in the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology (edited by Shannon Vallor). This book is due out sometime in 2020 (not sure when). This is the final draft version. I don't expect it to change very much in the final published version.
Title: Freedom in an Age of Algocracy
Links: Philpapers; Researchgate; Academia
Abstract: There is a growing sense of unease around algorithmic modes of governance ('algocracies') and their impact on freedom. Contrary to the emancipatory utopianism of digital enthusiasts, many now fear that the rise of algocracies will undermine our freedom. Nevertheless, there has been some struggle to explain exactly how this will happen. This chapter tries to address the shortcomings in the existing discussion by arguing for a broader conception/understanding of freedom as well as a broader conception/understanding of algocracy. Broadening the focus in this way enables us to see how algorithmic governance can be both emancipatory and enslaving, and provides a framework for future development and activism around the creation of this technology.


  1. Algorithmic governance is a step in the direction to create an organic society. Governance can be based on the needs expressed by the people, instead of the influence of elected representatives. The overriding goal will be evolution to Homo immortalis omnipotent. The function we have given to our GOD's, we can now accomplish our selves. My web site www.homo-immortalis-omnipotent.org has some info.

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