Constitutional Principles in a Networked Digital Society

15 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2022

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Karen Yeung

The University of Birmingham

Date Written: March 3, 2022


This is the text of a keynote address delivered at the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) Roundtable, The Impact of Digitization on Constitutional Law, Copenhagen on 31 January 2022. In this short address, I ask: are our existing constitutional principles fit for purpose in an increasingly datafied, networked digital age? I suggest that our constitutional principles, including our rights discourse, has the potential to adapt to meet the altered conditions of our increasingly digitised and datafied age, but whether they will succeed in doing so remains an open question.

Keywords: digitisation, constitutional principles, datafication, facial recognition technology; automated surveillance

JEL Classification: K13; K39

Suggested Citation

Yeung, Karen, Constitutional Principles in a Networked Digital Society (March 3, 2022). Available at SSRN: or

Karen Yeung (Contact Author)

The University of Birmingham ( email )

Law School and School of Computer Science
Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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