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Technological Change and the Constitution

April 18, 2012

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Review by Mark Popielarski, Biddle Intern.

Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change

Edited by Jeffrey Rosen & Benjamin Wittes (Washington D.C., Brookings Institution Press, 2011)

Over the past few years, the world has seen a rapid explosion in technological development. The devices and services these innovations provide help make life easier, and their ongoing evolution will continue to provide users with increased opportunities and benefits.  While technological innovations may move at a breakneck pace, the American legal system is slower to adapt. 
Constitution 3.0 explores the tension between law and technology, by projecting how this conflict might unfold in the year 2025. 
This collection of articles by respected scholars, including Penn Law’s Professor Stephen J. Morse, who explores how society will cope with issues such as government surveillance, privacy, neuroscience, genetic engineering, and the constitutional definition of personhood. 
The thought-provoking analysis of this work provides fascinating insight about the direction in which our society could be headed. At the same time, however, many of the ideas raised such as GPS tracking and online privacy, have direct implications for society today. So if you want to learn more about this interesting topic stop, by the Biddle Law Library and check out Constitution 3.0.