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Democracy in the Digital Age: Jamie Susskind

5 March 2020
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney
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It is one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform society and the way we govern?

There is no doubt that technological advances have transformed our lives for the better. There is little doubt too, argues bestselling author Jamie Susskind, that digital systems have the potential to control us. 

In his ground-breaking analysis, Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, Susskind calls for a fundamental change in the way we think about politics in the digital age. Reminding us of the very real ability of digital technology to shape the way we think, feel and behave, Susskind puts forward a clear warning: those who control these technologies will increasingly control us all. 

Chaired by Rosalind Dixon, Professor of Law at UNSW Sydney.

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and is a part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Trust. Supported by Adelaide Writers' Week.


Wheelchair Accessible

Leighton Hall is located inside the John Niland Scientia Building at UNSW Sydney's Kensington campus, G19 on this map (PDF). If you are traveling via the University Mall, there is a lift to the right of the large set of steps at the John Niland Scientia Building. There is ramp access to Leighton Hall via the Scientia Lawn. You can be dropped off close to this ramp. Vehicles need to arrive via Botany street, Gate 11 and drive down Library Walk. The closest accessible parking is available in the Barker Street Parking Station (N18 on map). 

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Jamie Susskind

Jamie Susskind

Jamie Susskind is an author, speaker, and practising barrister. A past Fellow of Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, he studied history and politics at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating first in his year before turning to the law. He is the author of the award-winning Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, an Evening Standard Book of the Year, a Prospect Book of the Year, and a Guardian Book of the Day. Future Politics was also awarded the 2019 Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize. Susskind writes and speaks about technology – from AI to blockchain, robotics, and virtual reality – and politics. He speaks globally about the future of power, freedom, justice, and democracy, and has written for The New York Times, Wired, and New Statesman.