Drawing from transdisciplinary and philosophical research, this unit will examine fundamental problems raised by our increasing reliance on the Internet and digital media. Students will question how our use of digital technologies changes the way we communicate our identities and gain social power. Moreover, students will ask how trust can be established online in spite of the threats posed by cyber-criminality and surveillance. Specifically, are privacy losses, pervasive profiling, and artificial intelligence inevitable and dangerous outcomes of digital technologies? To address these topics, a group of instructors will analyse the mechanisms and ethics of digital communication, the power derived from technology, and the history of surveillance and privacy rights. Finally, Students will search for cooperative strategies aimed at using technologies to foster cultural learning, ethical action, and artistic creativity. Students will increase their proficiency with digital media and their ability to evaluate the costs and benefits of such media.
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