Artificial intelligence is transforming the way we live and our societies. Public organisations at all levels of government and our public institutions are no exception. Algorithms and automation are reshaping governance, public sector decision-making and the delivery of public services in fundamental ways. Artificial intelligence algorithms are increasingly adopted by governments in critical domains, ranging from predictive policing or criminal justice to the automation of welfare. The digital transformation impacts citizens and their experience of government in consequential ways and calls for the need to update traditional governance processes.
How do these technologies redefine the work and behavior of public organisations and their interactions with citizens? And how can we ensure responsible use of AI in governance? These developments come with significant opportunities but also, unless carefully managed, with serious challenges that can inadvertently lead to digital exclusion, amplify bias, automate inequality in public services or decrease accountability and transparency.
The rise of algorithmic governance and the digital economy requires a new generation of trained experts that are both well-versed in the theory and practice of governance as well as technologically-savvy. This program trains this next generation of ambitious students. You will be at the forefront of the latest iteration of the technological revolution in governance.
Your programme in brief:
With this programme we educate you, as the next generation of policymakers, officials or regulators, to develop a reflexive, analytical and technological understanding of both the opportunities and challenges presented by rise of AI and digital technologies in governance and society. You will build a strong theoretical and analytical understanding of governance processes, coupled with valuable technical skills. You will learn to critically reflect on the ethical and normative challenges involved in the responsible deployment of new technologies and formulate concrete solutions that can deliver effective outcomes while aligned with public values.
To maintain a strong link with practice, the programme makes use of (real-life) cases, guest lectures and assignments derived from the use of AI across public sectors, so that students are acquainted with professional practice. A strong plus of the programme is the collaboration with the Master’s in Communication Science, which will sharpen your data literacy skills. You will become familiar with innovative computational techniques, building your technical skills and critical engagement with data. Such skills are in high demand in all areas of society.