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Data Ethics Outreach Lab (Study Project)



[This is the version of this class for M.Sc. students in Cognitive Science as *Study Project*. If you want to register for the Interdisciplinary Course please find the respective Stud.IP course. If you are a student of Lehramt, there is also a specific Stud.IP event for you. Please make sure to only enroll in one of the three Stud.IP courses.]

Why does the data collected by Instagram or YouTube lead to social inequality? How do Snapchat, TikTok and Co. (re)structure social relationships and restrict the identity performances available to young people online? Why do chat bots perpetuate stereotypical gender norms? And how does riding a bus without a ticket relate to being denied a loan? These questions represent only a handful of critical topics in the field of digital consumer culture. Many of these issues relate to big data and AI services we use every day. In most cases, users are not aware that these services have harmful effects on our societies, democracies and well-being.

Within this study project we will discuss the risks and societal implications of networked digital services to develop strategies and formats for public awareness raising. Participants will form small teams to choose their own topics – along the technologies and issues they perceive most pressing. There is also a wide range of possible outreach formats that teams can choose from: Developing and testing Open Educational Resources for school lessons with high school students; organising workshop events for school teachers; recording explainer videos to circulate on the web; creating public websites and other public interventions.
In the theoretical part of the course, students will be introduced to relevant knowledge on the topics of data protection, fairness, social inequality, anti-discrimination and critical theory. Putting theory into practice, the study project will apply this knowledge to tangible problems from the life-worlds of young internet users, thereby striving to fill an important information gap between critical academic discourse and public awareness.

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Veranstaltungsart: Studienprojekt (Offizielle Lehrveranstaltungen)
Veranstaltungsnummer: 8.3539
Ort: 50/E07
Zeiten: Mi. 09:00 - 12:00 (wöchentlich), Mi. 10:00 - 12:00 (wöchentlich)
Erster Termin: Mi., 06.04.2022 09:00 - 12:00, Ort: 50/E07


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