Technology Is Legislation

An article by Worldchanging Canada contributor Karl Schroeder discusses how technology acts as a form of legislation, and how we can harness this fact towards specific goals (his focus is on climate change).

Introducing a new technology is not a neutral act--it is profoundly revolutionary. If you present a technology to the world you are effectively legislating a change in the way we all live.
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Canadians are taught the legend of the last spike--we're told from an early age that it was the transcontinental railway that made our nation possible. For us, this is the canonical example of technology as legislation; it wasn't enough to declare the Dominion over a geographical area, that area had to be occupied and there was only one way to do that: through technological fiat.