The Swiss Digital Initiative spoke to me about digital freedom, empowerment, and how data-owning democracy can pave the way toward a more just internet. Take a look.

Recent / Upcoming Conferences:

APSA 2023 (Los Angeles)

At the American Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting (August 21 – September 3), I’ll be presenting new work on digital communities at the Panel ‚Shared Agency Beyond Borders‘, together with Kay Yui Samuel Chan (UC Berkeley), Agnes Tam (UC Calgary), and Lok Lam Yin (Princeton University), and Nathan Pippenger (U.S. Naval Academy) as a discussant. I will also serve as a discussant for the panel ‚Algorithms and Democracy‘, with papers from Janet Marie Lawler (Carnegie Mellon University), Matthew Lucky (Indiana University Bloomington), Atticus Carnell (Rochester Institute of Technology), and Michelle Chun (Princeton University).

Center for the Study of Law and Society, (UC Berkeley)

I am invited to present recent work on Digital Freedom at the Visiting Scholars‘ Speaking Series at the Center for the Study of Law and Society (CSLS) at UC Berkeley in April 2023.

American Philosophical Association 2023 (San Francisco)

I’m invited to speak on ‚Social Media as Private Government‘ at the yearly convention of the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division) in San Francisco in April 2023.

Algorithms and Workplace Justice (Stanford University):

I was invited to present recent work on Transparency and Algorithmic Power at the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) and McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society’s workshop on Algorithms and Workplace Justice from October 17-18, 2022. Discussant: Hélène Landermore.

APSA 2022 (Montréal):

At the American Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting (September 15-18), I present my most recent paper ‚Data-Owning Democracy‘ (European Journal of Political Theory, see below) at the panel ‚Democratizing Digital Tech? Democratic Prospects and Pitfalls in the Digital Age‘ together with Dr. James Muldoon (University of Exeter), Dr. Heather Pincock (Kennesaw State University), John Wagner Givens (Spelman College), Dr. Lowry Pressly (Brown University), and Prof. Dr. Jennifer Forestal (Loyola University, Chicago).

MANCEPT 2022 (University of Manchester):

Together with Dr. Rahel Süss (Humboldt University, London School of Economics and Political Science, New Institute Hamburg) and Dr. James Muldoon (University of Exeter), I am co-organizing a workshop on ‚Digital Democracy: Resistance and Governance in a Digital Era‘ at MANCEPT 2022 (September 7-9).

Latest Publications:

Fischli, R. (2022). Citizens’ Freedom Invaded: Domination in the Data Economy. History of Political Thought 43(5), 125-149.

Fischli, R. (2022). Data-Owning Democracy: Citizen Empowerment through Data Ownership. European Journal of Political Theory, online first [open access].

Fischli, R. and Beschorner, T. (2022). Digital Freedom: Opening Up the Debate. Morals & Machines, 2(1).

Fischli, R. and Beschorner, T. (2022). Digital Freedom. Philosophy Now, Issue 151. Available online.