In this episode I talk to Anthony Behan. Anthony is a technologist with an interest in the political and legal aspects of technology. We have a wide-ranging discussion about the automation of the law and the politics of technology. The conversation is based on Anthony’s thesis ‘The Politics of Technology: An Assessment of the Barriers to Law Enforcement Automation in Ireland’, (a link to which is available in the show notes).
- 0:00 – Introduction
- 2:35 – The relationship between technology and humanity
- 5:25 – Technology and the legitimacy of the state
- 8:15 – Is the state a kind of technology?
- 13:20 – Does technology have a political orientation?
- 20:20 – Automated traffic monitoring as a case study
- 24:40 – Studying automated traffic monitoring in Ireland
- 30:30 – The mismatch between technology and legal procedure
- 33:58 – Does technology create new forms of governance or does it just make old forms more efficient?
- 39:40 – The problem of discretion
- 43:45 – The feminist gap in the debate about the automation of the state
- 49:15 – A mindful approach to automation
- 53:00 – Postcolonialism and resistance to automation