What Is Technocracy?
Whether we like it or not, the truth is we all live in a technocracy now. While Donald Trump and a menagerie of other politicians dominate the news, the real shift in power is happening right beneath our eyes.
Our social lives are managed through apps. Our dating prospects are arranged by swipe. Algorithms dictate what we listen to, the places we go and the information we consume. It’s hard to overstate how many fundamental human behaviours are now integrated with technology.
With so much influence over how we live our lives, the creators of these platforms have acquired an unprecedented amount of power in the world today. We are only just beginning to grapple with the implications of this new technological rule - the challenges and opportunities that come with technocracy.
I am going to spend every post in this publication analysing these great issues of our time: technology, democracy and power.
While we might now have access to all the articles and media we could ever want, the onslaught of ever-evolving coverage online can be exhausting. Social media algorithms control what you see and what you don’t. Each new day sees some amazing articles published online, but they are becoming harder and harder to find.
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I teach at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Law, where my academic research is focused on AI, privacy and technology law. Previously, I worked as a commercial lawyer advising on employment and emerging tech. I am also a representative of New Zealand’s AI Forum.
I have written pieces on technology and politics for a range of think tanks, institutes and media, including the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, OneZero, the Lowy Institute, Newsroom and the Australian Institute of International Affairs. My writing on AI has also been cited by The Washington Post and Hacker News.