The Committee on Global Thought is a proud co-sponsor of:

The Future of Liberal Democracy in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism and Digital Authoritarianism

This lecture will examine the ideological origins, societal implications, as well as the relative global influence of three contrasting regulatory approaches towards the digital economy: the US’s techno-libertarianism, China’s digital authoritarianism, and the EU’s rights-driven regulatory paternalism. The lecture will focus in particular on how these three regulatory systems—as well as the digital companies empowered and constrained by them—enhance or undermine liberal democracy and individual rights to privacy and personal autonomy across the world.


This event is a part of Columbia Academy on Law in Global Affairs (CALGA), a series of online open-access events, in which Columbia Law School faculty present their research and debate current issues with colleagues from around the globe.