Legitimacy in an Online World

Nov. 3, 2023
8:30AM - 4:15PM
SLB Room 120
Open to the Public

November 3-4, 2023
Friday, 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
Saturday, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Please RSVP to
by October 26, 2023
Breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided

Increasingly, and especially in the wake of the pandemic, our experiences of the world are based in technology or include a technological component. To name several examples, justice can now be delivered through online/virtual hearings, while algorithms and machine learning play a significant role in shaping our environments and opportunities. Furthermore, robots control the provision of some goods and services. Given the ubiquity of online experiences, considering the legitimacy of the systems and authorities that shape interactions that take place online has never been more critical. Such legitimacy might be shaped by assessments of procedural justice, social welfare, distributive justice, or other dimensions. This raises following questions: Are past findings about the ways in which individuals make judgments about legitimacy in in-person interactions applicable to these technology-enabled spaces? Are there critical differences between in-person connections and online or technological processes that will affect judgments about legitimacy in systematic ways? This workshop will bring together scholars across disciplines including social psychology, socio-legal studies, criminology, computing, robotics, and machine learning to engage with one another about the nature, scope, and critical role of legitimacy in our modern landscape.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Sponsored by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund