Constitution 3.0: Freedom, Technological Change and the Law

The Brookings Institution
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Technology unimaginable at the time of the nation’s founding now poses stark challenges to America’s core constitutional principles. Policymakers and legal scholars are closely examining how constitutional law is tested by technological change and how to preserve constitutional principles without hindering progress. In Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change (Brookings Institution Press, 2011), Governance Studies Senior Fellow Benjamin Wittes and Nonresident Senior Fellow Jeffrey Rosen asked a diverse group of leading scholars to imagine how technological developments plausible by the year 2025 could stress current constitutional law. The resulting essays explore scenarios involving information technology, genetic engineering, security, privacy and beyond.

On December 13, the Governance Studies program at Brookings will host a Judicial Issues Forum examining the scenarios posed in Constitution 3.0 and the challenge of adapting our constitutional values to the technology of the near future. Wittes and Rosen will offer key highlights and insights from the book and will be joined by two key contributors, O. Carter Snead and Timothy Wu, who will discuss their essays.

Benjamin Wittes
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies

Jeffrey Rosen
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies

O. Carter Snead
Professor of Law
University of Notre Dame Law School

Timothy Wu
Professor of Law
Columbia Law School