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Critical Perspectives on Law, Technology, and Society Reading Group

The Critical Perspectives on Law, Technology, and Society reading group is open to Cambridge undergraduate and postgraduate students.

This reading group will explore topics at the intersection of law and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, big data, surveillance, the Internet of Things, and the future of work. Each of these poses legal and societal challenges; but to what extent are they fundamentally distinct from those faced at earlier periods of industrialisation? The materials and discussions in this reading group will require participants to grapple with how these technologies, and the paradigms they create, are impacting our lives now and into the future. We will examine how technological change interacts, challenges, subverts, and co-evolves with the law and society. Although law-led, this reading group offers an interdisciplinary survey of emerging technologies and will orient students within the ongoing discourse between law and technological change, encouraging critical perspectives that challenge traditional legal and tech orthodoxies.

The group will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 4pm to 5.30pm in the Beckwith Moot Court at the Law Faculty. The first meeting will be on October 30th.

Conveners: Dr Christopher Markou (Faculty of Law) and Dr Jennifer Cobbe (Department of Computer Science and Technology)

If you'd like to join the reading group then please register here.

Download the current reading list (PDF | 90 KB | Updated: 29/01/2019)

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