Episode #26 – Behan on Technopolitics and the Automation of the State

apHSdJO_.jpgIn 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).

You can download the episode here or listen below. You can also subscribe on Stitcher or iTunes (the RSS feed is here).

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

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