Skills for Impact - Digital Security and Human Rights Practicum

Course Level: 
Master’s
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Academic Year: 
2021-2022
Term: 
Spring
US Credits: 
2
ECTS Credits: 
4
Course Code: 
DOPP5311
Course Description: 

Mandatory Elective for MPA students

MPA students have to complete 10 credits in total over the 2 years of the program; including the mandatory SFI. MPA students have registration priority

MAPP, MAIPA and Mundus MAPP students may choose up to 2 credits of M/E SFI-s if free slots are available

Around the world activists, human rights defenders, and journalists, face unprecedented intrusion and surveillance into their activities on the Internet.  These intrusions can range from passive surveillance to active infiltration and ultimately can lead to imprisonment, the chilling of opposition voices, and the dismantling of civil society.

This course will build on the topics discussed in the course: The Internet & Human Rights by exposing students to a hands-on practicum of the challenges and opportunities human rights defenders, activists, journalists, and other threatened individuals face around the world.  Students will learn digital security tactics, strategies, and understand the importance of operational security and digital security hygiene to better examine and relate to the myriad of threats to human rights online.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course students will

  1. Build on theory and case studies by engaging with specific tools and technologies;
  2. Be able to take concrete steps towards enhancing digital security, understanding online threat environments;
  3. Understand, communicate, and implement these new skills to individuals, groups, and organizations through direct hands-on work
Assessment: 

Two exams

Prerequisites: 

Internet & Human Rights course