WiSe 12/13: Governance in the Information Age - Digitizing Gender and Empowerment Politics (EN)
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In the past 20 years we have seen dramatic changes in the media and information landscape. The Internet has expanded its reach. Social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace play a growing role ... read more
In the past 20 years we have seen dramatic changes in the media and information landscape. The Internet has expanded its reach. Social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace play a growing role in the conduct and management of personal, societal, and political relations. Satellite imagery has become commercially available to anyone with a credit card, and enabled a wide range of geospatial applications. These new information technologies empower individual and collective actors such as NGOs and activist groups. At the same time, traditional regulation and information systems such as the nation-state and broadcast media systems are becoming increasingly dysfunctional, while being confronted with policy problems that are increasingly transnational and complex in nature.
How can transnational problems be regulated, and which role does information capacity play in this process? This course looks at the political implications of new information and communications systems for questions of governance in transnational issue areas such as public health, nuclear non-proliferation, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. It will trace the opportunities and limitations traditional and new actors in international relations face in gathering, managing, and applying information, as well as developing governance capacity. While looking at concrete case studies in various issue areas, the course will inquire into the link between information systems and emerging governance patterns in theoretical terms.
The working language of the course as well as most of the assigned literature is in English. Students will be required to actively participate in class.