Digital Civil Society (COMM 230A, CSRE 230A)
Bernholz, L. (PI)
Nothias, T. (PI)
Johnston, C. (GP)
A vibrant civil society is a core component of democratic life. 'Civil society' includes social movements, grassroots activism, philanthropists, unions, nonprofits, NGOs, charities, informal associational life, and cooperatives, among others. In this course, students interrogate how civil society is evolving in a world of pervasive digitization and data collection. Using human rights as an anchor, we will explore how digital technologies perpetuate long-standing threats and create new challenges for digital rights. We will also analyze how communities develop strategies to mitigate these harms and actively promote values, organizations, regulation, and design that support the equitable and emancipatory use of technology. Topics covered in the class include: nnMis-disinformation and racism/sexism, Algorithmic bias, Tech workers unions, Immigration and technology, Covid-related digital surveillance.nnThe course is global in scope (we will read authors and study cases from America, Europe, Asia, and Africa), taught by a multidisciplinary team (communication, computational social science, education, history, law), and is committed to a syllabus centering on the scholarship, expertise, and voices of marginalized communities.
Letter or Credit/No Credit