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The Federation Presents: Functional Sovereignty with Frank Pasquale
"As digital firms move to displace more government roles over time, from room-letting to transportation to commerce, citizens will be increasingly subject to corporate, rather than democratic, control." Frank Pasquale Join us for an evening of enthralling conversation and networking as we bring you the last in the Federation Presents event series for 2018, bringing together global thought leaders and the community, all for free, to discuss the 'big questions' in tech and society. Keynote: Frank Pasquale @FrankPasquale "Who needs city housing regulators when AirBnB can use data-driven methods to effectively regulate room-letting, then house-letting and eventually urban planning generally?” The shift of functions from government to digital capitalism is what Frank Pasquale describes as the shift from Territorial to Functional Sovereignty where the government contracts private actors to step in to fill the vacuum. In their Samara project in Japan, AirBnB is working on a communal housing project designed to revitalize a small, rural town in Japan, something it wants to scale to other declining towns around the world. But where does this fit within the democratic notion of urban planning? What consultation models to they have in mind (if any)? In practice, AirBnB can disintermediate the local planning system in even greater ways in the future than they have in the past. Frank's keynote will focus largely on the identity and aspirations of major digital firms and he’ll be asking some important questions. According to Frank: “These firms are no longer market participants. Rather, in their fields, they are market makers, able to exert regulatory control over the terms on which others can see goods and services. Moreover, they aspire to displace more government roles over time, replacing the logic of territorial sovereignty with functional sovereignty. In functional arenas from room-letting, to transportations to commerce, persons will increasingly be subject to corporate rather than democratic control”. Itinerary: 6pm- arrive on time for a welcome drink, nibbles and networking 6:50pm- Introduction and keynote by Frank Pasquale Followed by a panel discussion and audience questions. 8:15pm (approx) - event ends and more opportunity for networking! About the Speaker Frank Pasquale's scholarship and public speaking translates complex law and policy into accessible writing and presentations. His research agenda focuses on challenges posed to information law by rapidly changing technology. He is presently researching a book on automation and the professions. Frank has testified before the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, appearing with the General Counsels of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. He has also presented before a Department of Health & Human Services/Federal Trade Commission Roundtable (on personal health records) and panels of the National Academy of Sciences (on ubiquitous sensor networks and the IoT). Frank has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology, and a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School and Cardozo Law School. He served as the Schering-Plough Professor in Health Care Regulation and Enforcement at Seton Hall University. Frank is an Affiliate Fellow of Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. Frank has been named to the Advisory Boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Data Competition Institute, Patient Privacy Rights, and the Journal of Legal Education. He has blogged at Concurring Opinions since 2006. His work has been published by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Boston Review, and many other media outlets. The Federation Presents events series is made possible through the generous funding of Luminate and Co-op Foundation and through the sponsorship of Co-op Group, BJSS, Kainos, Northcoders , Hermes/NOMA and Manchester City Council.

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