Freedom From Domination and Our Technological Predicament

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic

21 Downloads (Pure)


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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAmsterdam Privacy Conference (APC) 2018 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Oct 20188 Oct 2018


ConferenceAmsterdam Privacy Conference (APC) 2018


Dive into the research topics of 'Freedom From Domination and Our Technological Predicament'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this