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Master's Degree in Social Rights, Tecnopolitics and Digital Culture

Program curriculum and final degree

Program Curriculum

1. Network Democracy: initiative, technopolitics and governance

Collective intelligence, participation and organisation

Neuropolitics and Network Society 

Brief tour of the recent history of the creative direct initiative

Digital native civil movements 

Trevor’s Axiom 

Tactical media 

Ethics of the technopolitical infrastructures of activism 

Governance in the digital age 

New policy and false positives 

Achievements and myths of e-democracy. Institutional quality in the digital age

Transparency from institutions, who watches the watcher

2. The future of fundamental rights in the digital age. History and legal framework. Theory for the initiative.

Brief history of fear and intolerance. Legislative consequences 

Net neutrality and Internet architecture

Big Data and data sovereignty

Privacy, security vs. mass internet surveillance

User and consumer rights in the digital age

History of copyright. Copyright and the internet

Global files and global file sharing

Patents and industrial property, from Franklin to Facebook

Patents and struggles for health control 

Free trade agreements 

The right to information and freedom of expression today 

Transparency laws compared 

The Network as a state of emergency

Protecting Whistle-blowers / Whistle-blower sources

When the code is the law

Use and abuse of the right to honour 

3. Economics: entrepreneurship and innovation from the perspective of commons and networks

Economic context 

The wealth of networks 

The organizational logic of Networks 

The logic of the commons 

Economics and institutions of innovation

Collaborative economics and new sustainability models 

Shared economy and its perversions 

Cultural industries and sustainability 

The Ad Blockers war 

Crowdfunding inflation: achievements and limits 

Citizen control of financial flows

The future of work

4. New forms of Communication, Information and Journalism

The fourth Network power 

The WikiLeaks age

The Snowden age 

Digital journalism, citizen power 

From news production to service journalism 

Citizen information networks 

Investigative journalism in the digital age

Journalism and power 

Journalism and manipulation 

Transparency and investigative journalism: new devices

Specialized journalism

Data journalism

Leaks, from Watergate to Panama Papers

Social networks, impact and censorship

The post-truth age 


This module deals with three key skills that future professionals need in order to achieve success in any area, and to quickly and efficiently respond to the constant challenges that emerge in business. The subjects coincide with UPF Barcelona School of Management's key identifying features: analytical capacity, communication and social purpose.

  • Evidence-based management: This subject brings us closer to professional decision making through prudent, clear and precise data analysis. Real life, relevant examples give students an opportunity to discover the manifold opportunities that big data can provide to different professional sectors.
  • Storytelling: In this subject we develop the functions and mechanisms of audiovisual narrative (storytelling) and we apply them to professional communication. We tackle issues such as how to create communications that make an impact (on a personal, project and corporate level) as well as interpersonal communication and team motivation. The goal is to help professionals transmit any idea successfully, with creativity and energy.
  • Ethics and sustainability: Professionals in all sectors have to deal with issues relating to ethics and sustainability throughout their working lives. In this subject, we focus on identifying, analysing and effectively responding to these questions.

Practical workshops - which do not require technical knowledge - as tools for:



-personal safety, 

-data protection, 

-Data management and visualization



Individual course assignment that will be followed by a mentor during the course and will have an impact on one of the collective projects that will arise as a result of the Master Program. The projects, both individual and collective, will be real as far as possible, will be published through open licenses and will become part of the professional portfolio of the participant.


*The information contained herein may be subject to changes


Final Degree

Upon successfully completing the program, students will receive a Master's Degree in Civil Rights, Technopolitics and Digital Culture awarded by Pompeu Fabra University.