"What can technology contribute to the quality of peoples’ lives? And how can people benefit from the digital society?"
Our digital lives are taking flight. Next to our physical lives, we are now meeting each other virtually for work and leisure, and are spotted and traced without knowing both in physical places (areas and streets) and in virtually spaces. Technology is developing rapidly and policy and strategic decision makers are not able to keep up, resulting in reactive behavior and unknown threats for citizens in modern society. Moreover, technology can lead to inequality and exclusion as demonstrated in the Dutch childcare benefits scandal.
The aim of the Inholland Digital Rights Research Team, co-founded by Professors Wina Smeenk, Ander de Keijzer and Ben Wagner, is to focus their work on the social, economic, cultural, communication, design and technological elements leading to a digitally responsible society. This means that we as researchers want to be part of the debate and research on what technology in our digital age can contribute to the quality of peoples’ lives: how people can benefit from the digital society and how they are hindered or, even worse, excluded from partaking in our digital society.
Nowadays, we produce an enormous amount of data. However, there are still major challenges in converting this data into useful information for practical use. The minor Data Driven Smart Society focuses on four current research issues in which data and professional practice aren’t optimally collaborating yet. We challenge students to connect data to professional practice, in order to reach cross disciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Interested in this research minor? Download the pdf file below to read more. Please note the information is written in Dutch.
Our society is constantly changing. How can you make sure your education is aligned with these continuous changes? And how do you keep track of what knowledge and skills are needed in professional practice? How do you ensure that students work independently, and how will they get used to our rapidly changing world? Inholland University of Applied Sciences looks for the answers in our Urban Living Labs.
In order to do this, the Digital Rights Research Team collaborates with the Sustainable Media Lab. In our Sustainable Media Lab we bring together leading researchers, experts and practitioners to explore what more sustainable media systems could look like. Rapidly changing technical, legal, and societal environments require a different way of thinking about media, its technical entanglements and its role in society.
Digital Rights House (DRH) Amsterdam is partner of the Digital Rights Research Team. DRH is an independent organization that does research in privacy protection and digital rights of citizens. They share their knowledge and advice with us. The aim is to protect the digital rights of the citizens of Amsterdam, living in a rapidly digitizing society. To achieve this, DRH collaborates with the Municipality of Amsterdam (Gemeente Amsterdam). Read more about this collaboration here.
Our communication with governmental organizations and commercial businesses takes place online more and more. This has advantages, such as shorter waiting lists and faster application processes. However, it also creates uncertainties. Where can citizens turn to if the digital world cannot help them out? What are our digital civil rights?
Professor Wina Smeenk participated in the discussion about Rights in the Digital City, an event organized by Pakhuis De Zwijger.
Watch the video recording of the event below. Please note the event was in Dutch.