“How will we, as citizens, make moral decisions in a networked age? What privileges and responsibilities will we hold? Can artificial intelligence contribute to enriched citizenship and democracy?

University of Oxford scholars Andrew Briggs and Dominic Burbidge are tackling these questions in their new project, “Citizenship in a Networked Age.” Supported by a grant from Templeton World Charity Foundation, their team will release a 2020 report that explores how humans can uphold ideals of citizenship in an ever-evolving technological landscape.

Scientific advances have brought myriad opportunities for enhancing health, communication, and wellbeing. But as we learned from recent events like Russian hacking in 2016 presidential election, technology can also pose dangers to fruitful civic engagement.

“Citizenship in a Networked Age” embraces the positive potential of technology while also addressing its deep implications for society. Drawing on the best of scientific insight and spiritual wisdom, it aims to promote promoting human flourishing on a global scale.”

By Richard Sergay


  • Richard Sergay is an award-winning veteran network television journalist and senior media executive who spent much of his career at ABC News. He reported on major domestic and international stories for World News, Nightline and Good Morning America and ABC Radio. Richard completed a six-year assignment as Bureau Chief and Correspondent based in South Africa covering the end of White rule and Apartheid, as well as the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the ensuing peace negotiations. After the South Africa assignment, Richard began a new beat for ABC News – the first for any major network --  focused on the digital revolution unfolding in the U.S.
  • Andrew Serazin

    President of Templeton World Charity Foundation

    As President of the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Andrew Serazin is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s philanthropic activities as well as effective stewardship of its financial resources. As a researcher, entrepreneur, and executive, Dr. Serazin has worked to bring scientific and technical advances to bear on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. From 2006 to 2012, at the Gates Foundation, he was responsible for bringing new products, scientific approaches, and technologies to nutrition and human development. He founded and led Grand Challenges Explorations, an early-stage medical research fund that has attracted ideas from 60,000 scientists in over 100 countries and has resulted in over 1,000 projects.   Earlier in his career, Dr. Serazin was Departmental Lecturer in the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford, where he conducted infectious disease research and taught courses on the biology of disease. As a Rhodes Scholar, he received his doctorate from the University of Oxford for his work on developing new genomic technologies to accelerate the design of new drugs and vaccines against malaria. Dr. Serazin has also been a member of the College of Science Advisory Council of the University of Notre Dame, where he received his undergraduate degree. His original research has been presented at many international meetings and in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Science, PLOS Medicine, Nature Immunology, and Lancet.