Emerging technologies, characterising the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” will fundamentally alter the institution of citizenship. New technologies are already blurring the lines between physical and digital, local and global. Law enforcement agencies employ Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and big data to create “algorithmic identities”; advances in the Human Genome Project open new ways to understand one’s ancestry and migration history—what has been called “genetic citizenship”; scientific developments in human reproduction allow to conceive a multiple-parent child with more than two biological parents (IVF babies challenge traditional citizenship categories); and there is a growing body of literature on “robot rights”. In sum, technological advances will change the way we think of communities and identities, membership and belonging, borders and boundaries.
In the “CitTech Series”, the GCG project seeks to discuss the challenges and opportunities that technologies pose to existing theories and practices of citizenship. How can emerging technologies remodel citizenship in all of its dimensions—rights, duties, identity, status? Can technology bring about new citizenship regimes, and redefine the demos?
These and other questions are the topic of the workshop series on “Emerging Technologies and the Future of Citizenship”, which is held in cooperation with IDC Herzliya and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.