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Postgraduate Course in Technopolitics and Rights in the Digital Era

Program curriculum and final degree

Program Curriculum

1. Sharing is good: Introduction to the working methodology and the results being pursued

2. Rights and freedoms: frame of action in the digital era

  • What do we mean when we talk about rights and freedoms?
  • The future of human rights in the digital age. Theory for action/Emerging human rights.
  • Legal framework: protection vs vulnerability. A global vision.
  • A natural history of sharing - Neuropolitics and network society.
  • History of the approach to life.
  • First came free software.
  • History of copyright.
  • What is the Internet and how is it governed?
  • Franklin's patents and Facebook.
  • History of the networks.
  • Global files and the global exchange of Open Access files.
  • Big Data and data sovereignty.
  • Big Data, e-health and alternatives to the privatized system of biomedical research.
  • Medication and patents. Fights for health surveillance.
  • Transparency laws compared.
  • Freedom of Expression and the Right to Information.
  • History and legislation to protect whistleblowers.
  • Wikileaks.
  • The political dimension of technology and the data economy.
  • Deontology and business ethics in the digital age.
  • Commons and sustainability.
  • Sustainability models based on shared resources.

3. Action, technopolitics and governance

  • Ways of working. Brief overview of the recent history of direct creative action. Before and after the www.
  • The past and future of geopoetics.
  • Tactical media and post truth.
  • Organization and action strategies and practices.
  • Ethics of the technopolitical infrastructures of activism.
  • The coming war.
  • History of hacking.
  • If 2018 was 1994.
  • Ecology and evolution of the media.
  • Conditions for information quality.
  • Manipulation of communication.
  • Social networks, impact and censorship.
  • Civil movements of digital natives. The 15-M movement and other network movements as a case study.
  • Technopolitics and collective organization.
  • Governance in the digital age - achievements and myths of e-democracy.
  • Freelance diplomacy.
  • Compared study of net parties.
  • New politics and false positives.

4. Practical workshops on tools for:

  • Organization.
  • Online research.
  • Intervention.
  • Personal security.
  • Data protection.
  • The management and visualization of data.

(These workshops do not require technical knowledge)

5. Project

Individual or group work, chosen by the student(s). This will be monitored by a mentor throughout the course. The work can also be an external project that the student wants to improve.

All these projects, both the individual ones and the group ones, will be real insofar as possible, and will become a part of participants' professional portfolios.

Final Degree

Upon successfully completing the program, students will receive a Postgraduate Course in Technopolitics and Rights in the Digital Era, awarded by Pompeu Fabra University.