Shaked Spier is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethics and Technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente (Netherlands), and a member of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. Before his Ph.D., Spier studied Library and Information Science and Gender Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany), and published the book Collective Action 2.0: The Impact of Social Media on Collective Action. His dissertation looks at ethical and political aspects of the digital economy and focuses on democratic and alternative models such as platform cooperatives.
As an ICDE fellow, Spier will conduct comparative empirical research of cooperative and capitalist platforms’ moral and political values by analyzing how these values are embedded in the platforms’ technological design and institutional logics. This builds the foundation for conceptualizing these technological and institutional countermodels’ underlying social conflicts.