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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Welcome to the third and final week of our course on Becoming a Digital Citizen. This week our theme is digital participation and ethics. We’ll look at the use of social media to shape the political agenda and influence social movements; we’ll consider netiquette and cyberbullying; we’ll also look at the tension between the need for surveillance and the right to free speech in a democracy. Finally we’ll round up on the themes over the last three weeks, and give our impressions on what it means to be a digital citizen.

Introduction to Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of our course on Becoming a Digital Citizen. We hope you have learned some new things in the past two weeks and that you’re now considering some of the responsibilities of participating in the digital society.

The overall theme of this week is ‘Digital participation and ethics’. We’ll be looking at four topics:

  • Digital engagement: Using the internet for good by engaging with learning, research and public data.
  • Online responsibility and ethics: We’ve already looked at some of our legal responsibilities regarding our online participation, but now we’ll take a look from an ethical perspective and try to establish some rules of good practice.
  • Democracy and free speech: We’ll consider how the internet can be a force for democracy and for social and political change, but we’ll also look at how it can also be used against us, to watch us or restrict us.
  • Becoming a digital citizen: What have we learnt, and how can we put it into practice?

We’ll be hearing from a range of staff from the University of York, including academics, professional staff and the York University Student President about the challenges involved in participating constructively online.

Aims and objectives

By the end of this week you should have:

  • Developed an understanding of the transformational potential of digital engagement and its moral responsibilities

  • Considered the impact of digital technology on freedom and political engagement

  • Applied aspects of best practice to become a better “digital citizen”.

We hope you enjoy the topics we will be covering this week, and that through it you’re able to participate even more effectively through digital technologies.

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Becoming a Digital Citizen: an Introduction to the Digital Society

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