Digital Methods for Media and Democracy

5 July - 17 July 2021

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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.

Each programme has a focus on business innovation and entrepreneurship, there is no need to have specific technical backgrounds or any coding knowledge to join our Summer School.

Rafael Muñoz Gómez - "Very glad to have participated in the EIT Digital 2020 Rennes Summer School - Unleashing the power of circular city data. It was a really unique online learning experience. I am very grateful for all the effort made by the people from the University of Rennes 1 and EIT Digital. Special thanks to Alvaro Pina Stranger and all the mentors: Alberto Tejero Lopez, Maud Serpin, Aude Castan, Francois Huber, Serdar DrZero and Véronique TRUB."

Marta Mazzi -"From August 2nd to August 14th I participated to the EIT Digital Summer School in "Healthy Lifestyle and Behavioural Changes" (online edition). It was a pleasure to work on the case study proposed by Lars Mulder regarding childhood obesity together with my teammates Przemysław Lewandowski, Marta Bertran Ferrer, Juba Saadi, Juta Jaama and Juan Álvarez Fernández del Vallado. We worked hard together coming up with a winning solution: Lola the Carmanyola. A smart lunchbox targeted toward children connected to an application to be installed on the parent's smartphone. A big thank you to our mentors and tutors Ákos R. Wetters and Peter Langela which helped and supported us all along our journey."

Vinko Mlačić - "It has been a month since I attended the EIT Digital Summer School hosted by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The theme of the Summer School was "Disrupting Finance with Digital Technologies". We received lectures about the most significant topics in digital finance from industry experts. My team and me had the daunting task of adapting online and mobile banking to the elderly. I would like to thank the coach team (Alessandro T. and Balazs Horvath) that helped us a immensely with the I&E work and for their efforts in keeping the atmosphere light and fun with the social activities. Although the format was remote, the organization of the Summer School did an excellent job at giving us the best possible experience. Furthermore, having an experience of working in a team remotely is definitely a plus in these times. All in all, a great experience. The thing I am the happiest about was the opportunity to meet so many interesting people!"

Léo Vuylsteker - "University of Rennes 1's online Summer School on "Unleashing the Power of Circular City Data" was a great human (and learning) adventure that has now come to an end. Thank you again Université de Rennes 1 and EIT Digital!"

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