Taught by Lucy Bernholz and Toussaint Nothias

Offered: Fall 2018

This seminar course is dedicated to defining, questioning, and critiquing the concept of a ‘digital civil society.’ While the digital age has expanded the potential for civil society participation, it also brings with it new challenges and threats. The world is increasingly dependent on digital software and infrastructures that are built by private-sector companies and surveilled by government. Our current situation requires new insights into how these digital systems work and how we can safely and ethically engage them for civil society’s purposes. The course explores multiple ways that we can intervene in these issues: legal reform, institutional change, new forms of cultural expression, and through the re-design of our digital tools. What new avenues can we use to help political and associational life flourish using digital media? How might civil society shape digital technologies in turn?

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