Technopolitics and Rights in the Digital Era – Postgraduate Course directed by Simona Levi, David Bondia and Cristina Ribas (Oct.-Dec.)

The Postgraduate Course in Technopolitics and Rights in the Digital Era (common goods, democracy and communication in the information era) trains active players in the new models of the strategic action taking place in the context of the information era. Versatile professionals who carry out new forms of organization and action and lead sectors that transform and are in transformation.

Over the course, you will learn about the evolution of rights and freedoms; you will understand the dynamics of networked action and the multiple options it offers; you will learn how to design, manage and lead policy transformation to adapt them to a current context; you will discover new forms of communication and participation; you will learn new methodologies for creating strategic action plan designs; and you will fully grasp the possibilities offered by the digital context and data to perfect your competencies and skills across all professional sectors.

The Postgraduate Course in Technopolitics and Rights in the Digital Era is aimed at public-sector managers, researchers and academics in the fields of political sciences, social sciences and humanities, along with journalists, artists, lawyers, political officials, professionals, entrepreneurs, computer scientists, economists, activists and managers in the tertiary sector and of organizations undergoing transformation processes. It is also aimed at directors of organizations and institutions that drive programs of participation, networking, social responsibility and political involvement.


1. 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 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.

2. 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.
    • #FakeYou
    • Structure of disinformation.
    • 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.

3. 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)

4. 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 and group ones, will be real insofar as possible and will become a part of participants’ professional portfolios.