Digital Empires: Inside the Global Battle to Regulate Technology With Anu Bradford

In her new book, the Columbia Law professor explores the emerging battle between techno-democracies and techno-autocracies that will shape the future of our digital society.


As calls for regulation of digital technologies escalate, governments, tech companies, and citizens face difficult choices about the future of the digital economy that “will determine whether we as humans control technology or whether it’s technology and its providers that are controlling and exploiting us,” says Anu Bradford, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization, and an expert on European Union law, digital regulation, and antitrust.

In her new book, Digital Empires: The Global Battle to Regulate Technology, Bradford argues that there are three predominant frameworks for regulating technology: the American market-driven model, the Chinese state-driven model, and the European rights-driven model. She explores how these competing visions will shape the global digital landscape—and the future of liberal democracy. 

Watch the full video interview, part of the “Professors in Print” series, above.