Amsterdam, Netherlands

Digital Methods for Media and Democracy

when 4 July 2021 - 17 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 1200

News reports of ‘click farms’ or ‘follower factories’ have pushed the phenomenon of ‘fake’ likes, followers, and views to the centre of public debates. The more recent rise of conspiracy theories around the COVID-19 pandemic makes it clear that social media are increasingly being compromised and used to amplify information in distinct ways. This summer school is focused on exploring and developing innovative methods of artificial amplification, inauthentic behaviour, and automated coordinated activity. It aims to develop concrete innovative tools to enable journalists and researchers to detect the implications of the inauthentic activities for democracy and explore the boundaries within which these activities can be produced online.

The topic will be explored through lectures, tutorials, and hands-on collaborations with advanced innovators, researchers and topical experts. During the first week, you will work in small interdisciplinary teams on problems that will be initiated by leading experts working on innovative methods and also journalism. In the second week, you will develop the project further into a business case. The summer school concludes with final presentations, which is a public event open to a large audience.

The Amsterdam Summer School offers you in-depth training in the latest innovative digital methods and the opportunity to participate in data sprints with international innovators and researchers. It is situated within a pioneering new media cultural scene in Amsterdam and in a top-ranked academic environment among universities worldwide.

Located in the vibrant heart of Amsterdam’s city centre, the University Quarter will be the place for summer school workshops, with accommodation and catering nearby. Several social events will complement the programme.

Target group

We welcome all qualified participants interested in digital innovation and entrepreneurship: Business professionals, bachelor’s degree students, master’s degree students, and doctoral students from any university and industry.

Credits info

4 EC
Acceptance of transfer credit is always a decision of receiving institutions. Any student interested in transferring 4 ECTS credits to another college or university should check directly with the receiving institution.

Fee info

EUR 1200: Early bird rate. Early bird fees are available for applications submitted between 1 February and 31 March 2021.
Accommodation is not included in the price. Pending availability, you can choose to have the same hotel accommodation as the EIT Digital Master School students at a price of €450 for 12 nights. In this case, you will have a shared room with another participant.
EUR 1900: Regular rate. Accommodation is not included in the price. Pending availability, you can choose to have the same hotel accommodation as the EIT Digital Master School students at a price of €450 for 12 nights. In this case, you will have a shared room with another participant.