The new grey power

Philosophy and Technology 28 (3):329-332 (2015)
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Grey power may be characterised as the ability to control events and people’s behaviour by influencing the influencers, behind the scenes. Grey power exists in every type of society and the two change together, as concauses, via a complex interchange of economic, technological and societal factors. This paper discusses the emergence of éminences grises in the modern digital age and the pressing need to gain a better understanding of their likely nature and development. The article concludes that it is only by doing this that we can keep these New Grey Powers in check and prevent their usurpation of legitimate socio-legal and political power.

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Luciano Floridi
Yale University


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