Our technologically mediated world is dominated by tech giants. This impacts our freedom. The classic liberal conception of negative freedom can’t adequately address this impact. Freedom as non-interference doesn’t see how the potential power of these giants is making us less free, even if we are not aware of this power. This paper uses a neorepublican lens to look at our relationship with surveillance capitalists like Google and Facebook. Exploring three ways of framing this relationship, it argues that these companies have an arbitrary form of control over us and demonstrates how this control impinges on our freedom from domination and erodes our democracy.
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC) 2018 - Amsterdam, Netherlands|
Duration: 5 Oct 2018 → 8 Oct 2018
|Conference||Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC) 2018|
|Period||5/10/18 → 8/10/18|