Accelerating Democracy


This next Liberty Law Talk is with John McGinnis, the George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law at Northwestern University, on his book Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Governance through Technology. McGinnis aims for an updated government that will use technology enabling it to fit with the progression of change in the twenty-first century. This involves improving the government’s capability to better utilize accumulated information to make sounder public policy. Part of this, McGinnis argues, is in using prediction markets and ensuring that information flows more transparently to citizens. Also, government must not stand in the way of new developments like Artificial Intelligence. In the case of prediction markets, McGinnis asserts that government should actually support such technologies to ensure increased accountability in government.

John O. McGinnis

John O. McGinnis is the George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law at Northwestern University. His book Accelerating Democracy was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. McGinnis is also the coauthor with Mike Rappaport of Originalism and the Good Constitution published by Harvard University Press in 2013 . He is a graduate of Harvard College, Balliol College, Oxford, and Harvard Law School. He has published in leading law reviews, including the Harvard, Chicago, and Stanford Law Reviews and the Yale Law Journal, and in journals of opinion, including National Affairs and National Review.

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