National Research University Higher School of Economics
Digital justice: Reflected in the “Black Mirror”
Abstract. This remark for the ”Black Mirror” philosophy discussion considers the transformations of the punishment system based on the technological development perspectives presented in the “Black Mirror” series. The state, by introducing certain laws, seeks to limit the actions of persons, creating for them a certain frame of behavior; moreover, it seeks not only to define the limits of what is permitted, but also to ensure that the person does not violate them. Modern digital technologies can provide an opportunity not only to monitor compliance with all existing rules, but also to make decisions about punishment and even to implement them. At the same time, unlike in the past, persons might be safe not only from any physical punishment, but also from any exclusion from the usual physical space. They may go on liv-ing in their homes, walking along the streets – however, at the same time they are experiencing an exclusion from society: being physically close to other people, they can no longer contact them. The question is posed of what consequences for the individual and society such a transformation of punishments might have.
Keywords: punishment system, “Black Mirror”, philosophy of technology, techno-ethics, crime, punishment, justice
The reported study was funded by RFBR within the research project №18–011-00335
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