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The Digital Republic : A plan for the digital age: new legal standards, new rights and regulators and new codes of conduct for people in the tech industry.

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John and Lynn speak with one of the leading intellectuals of the digital age, Jamie Susskind in this episode of Cool Science Radio. Susskind has outlined a plan to bring unregulated technology back into check — his new book is The Digital Republic: One Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century.

Jamie argues that these problems are not the fault of a few bad apples at the top of the industry. They are the result of our failure to govern technology properly.

The Digital Republic charts a new course. It offers a plan for the digital age: new legal standards, new public bodies and institutions, new duties on platforms, new rights and regulators, new codes of conduct for people in the tech industry.

John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.
Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.