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Study Program SoSe 2020

Zertifikatsstudium Grundlagen Digitaler Medien in pädagogischen Kontexten

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Digitale Medien in Lernumgebungen

Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
08-26-M11-2Global Governance of Digital Technologies (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Wed. 10:00 - 12:00 (2 Teaching hours per week)

In the Spring of 2020, the Internet epitomizes a life-line for people scrambling to find reliable health information, searching for new sources of income during an emerging global recession and keeping in touch with loved ones amid a global state of physical social distancing associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, private companies and state institutions are also using the Internet to slow the spread of disease, aiming to limit its social and economic impact at any cost. As they do so, they realize that they require new tools and new policies to effectively limit the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19 or to trace those who have been in contact with people infected by the virus. It is exactly this global situation of crisis that forces all involved to act as swiftly as possible and that provides a legitimation for actions that would otherwise at least be controversial from an Internet rights perspective.

In this seminar, we will study the politics of human and fundamental rights as part of the global governance of digital technologies, with a particular emphasis on the early impacts of the pandemic in this critical policy field. Our theoretical approach to this will be the concept of digital constitutionalism, developed by scholars from political science, communications and law. Together with colleagues at the University of Padova, the University of Salerno and Dublin City University we will discuss how digital constitutionalism has emerged and how it relates to the realization of human rights in the digital age. This cooperation is now enhanced by the fact that we will conduct our weekly meetings remotely (live rather than asynchronously). We will thus effortlessly engage with students and instructors of the partner institutions and with additional guest speakers enriching our discussions.

Dennis Redeker