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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 from any discipline.

This reading group explores topics at the intersection of law and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, pervasive surveillance, the Internet of Things, and the future of work. Each of these poses legal and societal challenges that are imperative for law and regulation to apprehend. 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. For each week we provide a selection of relevant reading materials and some questions to be considered by the group.

The reading group meets on Thursdays in the Moot Court at the Faculty of Law from 11am to 1pm. The first meeting of the group will be on Thursday October 24th.

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

Download the current reading list (PDF | 140 KB | Updated: 18/10/2019)

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The Trust & Technology Initiative brings together and drives forward interdisciplinary research from Cambridge and beyond to explore the dynamics of trust and distrust in relation to internet technologies, society and power; to better inform trustworthy design and governance of next generation tech at the research and development stage; and to promote informed, critical, and engaging voices supporting individuals, communities and institutions in light of technology’s increasing pervasiveness in societies.

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