21st Century Techno-Social Engineering

Draft submission for Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology, ed. Shannon Vallor, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming

27 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2018

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Evan Selinger

Rochester Institute of Technology - Department of Philosophy

Brett M. Frischmann

Villanova University - School of Law

Date Written: September 3, 2018

Abstract

This chapter makes the case that an essential research agenda for philosophers of technology is to analyze processes and practices of 21st century techno-social engineering by identifying slippery slope mechanisms—structures or patterns of technological development and technological use that make it hard for organizations, institutions, and society, in general, to alter commitments and course correct. Critically discussing these mechanisms can add much-needed nuance to debates about what might happen in the future if a particular present course of action is followed that involves technology. Emphasis is given to various creep mechanisms—including function creep, surveillance creep, and techno-social engineering creep—and debates surrounding facial recognition technology.

Keywords: techno-social engineering, slippery slope, surveillance capitalism, neo-liberalism, surveillance, surveillance creep, function creep, facial recognition technology, and educational technology

Suggested Citation

Selinger, Evan and Frischmann, Brett M., 21st Century Techno-Social Engineering (September 3, 2018). Draft submission for Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology, ed. Shannon Vallor, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3243613 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3243613

Evan Selinger (Contact Author)

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Brett M. Frischmann

Villanova University - School of Law ( email )

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