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CMED 1240A - Digital Governance

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The rise of computers and the Internet brought about the shift of many social and political activities into the digital space. This shift is associated with not only quantitative, but also qualitative change in the social connections and political processes. Effects of such changes are becoming apparent in current years, and require swift changes in governance structures in order to strike the balance among security, privacy and the freedom of speech. The development of online social networks and streaming services have given immense power to motivated individuals to reach millions with minimal effort. Yet, because any online activity leaves the digital trace, the same services have given governments increasing power in policing, control and even censorship. These ever-­lasting digital trails contribute to exploding size of recorded information (Big Data) that call for major services to personalise offerings in order to protect citizens from information overload. This practice, on the other hand, distorts individual's perception of reality and can adversely affect citizen's incentive to engage in political and societal life. This course will cover selected topics associated to changes necessary to global and local governance structures in order to accommodate digitisation of social and political activities. We will cover the topics ranging from the contribution of social media to grass-­root activism to their contribution to civic participation, from security threats to privacy protection, from net neutrality to right to be forgotten. The course will be heavily based on case studies and will require out-­of-­class readings as well as in-­class activities in form of active discussions.


BABUTSIDZE, Zakaria (Enseignant)

Course validation

Oral group presentation 25%  Class group activities 25%  Individual assessment 40% (2x20%)  In-­class participation (10% maximum) 10% 

Required reading

  • #Republic, Cass Sunstein, 2017
  • The Net Delusion: How not to liberate the world, Evgeny Morozov, 2011
  • The Myth of Digital Democracy, Matthew Hindman, 2009