What does this study entail?
Digitalisation brings many opportunities, like big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and social media platforms. Yet digitalisation also bears an unprecedented collection and analysis of personal information, raising global challenges regarding privacy and security. Social media monitoring can sway elections, spark civil strife and serve to predict expected social patterns and behaviour. Algorithms determine who gets to see which online information and advertisements, but also who is considered a public threat.
Various apps may also induce surveillance in everyday life. Easy access to messages and surveillance cameras compel neighbours to report on anything deemed suspicious in their neighbourhood. Location tracking of family and friends has become common practice in ways perceived as both caring and controlling. Health and lifestyle apps provide insights about one’s wellbeing, while provoking their own privacy and ethical concerns. These are all subjects you will cover during your time as a student in Digitalisation, Surveillance & Societies.
Is this the right programme for you?
Are you interested in timely social and political issues, such as the expansion of surveillance technologies in various sectors, the impact of the expansion of surveillance technologies on our privacy, and the meaning of being a ‘digital citizen’? This innovative master specialisation offers you the opportunity to explore these questions in a truly international classroom within one of Europe’s most diverse and multicultural cities.
At the end of this master specialisation, you will be able to address the challenges above as a true expert in the field. At the forefront of social and technological change, you will oversee digital strategies that can truly make a difference.
Five reasons to study Digitalisation, Surveillance & Societies at the EUR
- This programme enables students to develop scientifically informed responses to challenges by focusing on social, intercultural, political, technical, and international dimensions of digitalisation;
- you will receive instruction and guidance from an enthusiastic team of specialised experts who actively support you and who provide supportive one-on-one coaching;
- this programme features an interdisciplinary focus through real-life cases from all over the world, guest lectures and seminars from professionals in the field;
- you will be part of an international, interactive, and small-scale classroom, enabling you to develop a globally comprehensive outlook on digitalisation;
- studying in Rotterdam means studying in a young, dynamic metropolis which keeps developing rapidlythat is rapidly growing. Dazzling skyscrapers, an impressive port, hip restaurants and food markets, renowned museums, unique attractions and awesome festivals reflect the ‘can do’ mentality of the people of Rotterdam.
Six well known cases related to Digitalisation, Surveillance & Societies
- the use of artificial intelligence in urban security;
- repurposing of period tracking and fertility app data;
- contact tracing apps during COVID-19;
- the implementation of the GDPR in and beyond Europe;
- the so-called ‘social credit system’ in China;
- the spread of smart doorbells (ex: Ring) and other domestic surveillance tools.
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