Creating a Taxonomic Tool for Technocracy and Applying It to Silicon Valley

Technology in Society, Vol. 38, p. 161-168 (August 2014)

15 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2014 Last revised: 26 Jun 2014

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Jathan Sadowski

Arizona State University - Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes

Evan Selinger

Rochester Institute of Technology - Department of Philosophy

Date Written: June 10, 2014

Abstract

Although much criticism has been leveled against technocracy, the multi-layered problem has been analyzed in piecemeal fashion and has yet to be subject to robust classification. Consequently, it can be difficult to determine when allegations of technocracy are true, and the extent to which new instances of technocracy perpetuate longstanding problems. To close this gap in scholarship, we have created a taxonomy of technocracy that identifies three things: 1) the central domains where technocracy emerges, 2) the basic means by which technocratic power is instantiated, and 3) the quintessential types of harms technocratic discipline engenders. To demonstrate the explanatory power of the taxonomy, we apply it to Silicon Valley and clarify how this contemporary example of technocracy relates to past instances.

Keywords: technocracy, Silicon Valley, technology ethics, politics of technology

Suggested Citation

Sadowski, Jathan and Selinger, Evan, Creating a Taxonomic Tool for Technocracy and Applying It to Silicon Valley (June 10, 2014). Technology in Society, Vol. 38, p. 161-168 (August 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2448338

Jathan Sadowski (Contact Author)

Arizona State University - Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes ( email )

Tempe, AZ
United States

Evan Selinger

Rochester Institute of Technology - Department of Philosophy ( email )

92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5670
United States
(585) 475-2531 (Phone)

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