Chapter 6
Illustration by Nina Miller

Degrees of Freedom

A looming environmental disaster in northern British Columbia threatens to destabilize relations between the government of Canada and First Nations indigenous groups. Activists seeking to increase First Nations autonomy and land rights use a set of Big Data visualizations and collaborative decision-making tools to make the political process more accessible and inclusive.

Karl Schroeder divides his time between writing fiction and analyzing the future impact of science and technology on society. He is the author of nine novels and has pioneered a new mode of writing that blends fiction and rigorous futures research: Crisis in Zefra (2005) and Crisis in Urlia (2011) were commissioned by the Canadian army as research tools. Karl holds a master’s degree in strategic foresight and innovation from OCAD University in Toronto.

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