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The Quest For Natural Law In Digital Society

Jese Leos
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As technology continues to shape our modern world, an intriguing question arises: is there a place for natural law in the digital society? The rise of artificial intelligence, automation, and advanced algorithms has undoubtedly brought about a paradigm shift in our understanding of law and ethics. In this article, we embark on a quest to explore the intersection of natural law and the digital realm.

The Evolution of Natural Law

Natural law, or the principles of morality and justice inherent in human nature, has been a subject of philosophical inquiry since ancient times. Historically, it has served as a timeless foundation for legal systems around the world. The idea that certain rights and values are inherently derived from nature itself, rather than being created by human legislation, has guided societies in upholding justice and preserving dignity.

With the advent of digital society, the concept of natural law faces new challenges. The digital realm operates in a seemingly boundless space that defies conventional geographical boundaries and physical limitations. It gives rise to complex ethical dilemmas, necessitating a reevaluation of the principles that underpin our legal systems.

Digital New Deal: The Quest for a Natural Law in a Digital Society
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Artificial Intelligence and Ethics

Artificial intelligence (AI) presents a remarkable example of the clash between natural law and the digital landscape. As AI becomes more advanced and autonomous decision-making becomes common, questions about the ethical considerations in AI-driven systems become increasingly relevant.

One fundamental concern is the accountability of AI. Should an AI be held accountable for its actions, and if so, according to what standards? Legal frameworks traditionally hold humans accountable for their actions, but how does this translate to digital entities? Does natural law provide any guidance in determining the accountability of AI?

The principle of human dignity, a cornerstone of natural law, may provide insights into these questions. Human dignity emphasizes the inherent worth and value of every human being, regardless of their abilities or status. Translating this principle to the digital realm could mean recognizing the dignity and rights of digital entities, thus necessitating accountability for their actions.

Data Privacy and Autonomy

In the digital society, where vast amounts of personal data are collected and processed, the issue of data privacy and autonomy becomes paramount. Natural law recognizes the importance of privacy as an extension of personal autonomy and freedom.

However, in the digital age, personal data is constantly being harvested and used to shape algorithms that influence decision-making processes. The question arises: how do we ensure that individuals retain control over their personal data and maintain their autonomy while still benefiting from digital advancements?

Natural law suggests that individuals have the right to privacy and control over their own data, which aligns with the concept of digital sovereignty. By embracing natural law in the digital age, we can strive to create a society where personal autonomy and digital innovation coexist harmoniously.

Regulating Digital Platforms

In recent years, digital platforms have faced scrutiny for their pervasive influence on society. The power wielded by social media platforms, for instance, raises concerns about fair representation, freedom of speech, and the spread of misinformation.

The concept of natural law provides a framework to address these concerns. It emphasizes the importance of freedom of speech, the pursuit of truth, and the dissemination of accurate information. Upholding natural law principles can guide the regulation of digital platforms to prevent monopolistic tendencies, protect fair representation, and safeguard democratic processes.

The Role of Education

To navigate the complex intersection of natural law and the digital society, education plays a pivotal role. Educating individuals about the fundamental principles of natural law and how they apply to the digital world can foster a more ethical and just digital society.

Introducing digital ethics and natural law concepts in educational curricula can equip individuals with the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to engage responsibly with technology. By doing so, we can cultivate a generation that understands the importance of upholding dignity, autonomy, and justice in the digital realm.

The quest for natural law in the digital society is an ongoing journey. As we grapple with the ethical implications of advanced technologies, it becomes imperative to incorporate the principles of natural law to ensure the preservation of justice, dignity, and human rights in the digital realm.

By acknowledging the accountability of AI, protecting data privacy and autonomy, regulating digital platforms, and promoting digital ethics through education, we can strive to strike a harmonious balance between technology and natural law. Through this quest, we can envision and build a digital society where the principles of natural law guide our pursuit of an ethical and just future.

Digital New Deal: The Quest for a Natural Law in a Digital Society
by Rooster Teeth (Kindle Edition)

5 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 11310 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Print length : 297 pages

Digital New Deal analyses the origins of law and its relationship to language and economics and identifies 12 symptoms that point to an authoritarian involution of our democracies.

It refuses to indulge in pro-forma techno-optimism. Neither does it pessimistically predict inescapable doom. A bright future is still possible, if we correctly understand the digital equivalents of categories such as identity, persona, home, document, signature, freedom and the close relationship between our fundamental rights and their digital equivalents.

Riccardo Genghini’s research on a natural law for a digital society has been influenced in particular by Galgano, Popper, Sebeok, Rawls, Ong, Irti, Searle and Ferraris. As professor at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano, his lessons (2007- 2017) on commercial law focussed on comparing the law merchant of the Middle Ages with the commercial practices of IT companies as Microsoft, eBay, Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft.

First with CEN, now with ETSI, he steers the European standardisation on PKI and trust services since 1999.

 

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