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Computing and public policy in European and International Perspective


Admission requirements



Introduction in the International and European specifics of public policies that impact on computing and the digital society: Data Protection regimes, Net Neutrality; Security and Surveillance policies, Public Policy and Corporate Involvement; Data and Science Policy; Connectivity as a Public Good. Policy regimes will be compared in order to understand their influence on quality data for machine-learning, AI and data science.

Course objectives

  • To provide tools to understand public policy on digital topics in a comparative perspective

  • To scope out key areas of international public policies and how these impact on the digital society and their consequences

  • To use analytical concepts and gain hands on skills in applying these to compare agenda-setting processes

  • To develop skills of how to prepare a Research Proposal: content, methods and key-topics


The schedule can be found on the Leiden University student website
Detailed table of contents can be found in blackboard.

Mode of instruction

Individual research and group work methods as well as instruction on general concepts.

Assessment method

Paper in the form of a Research Proposal



Reading list

Provided in the course

Signing up for classes and exams

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There is only limited capacity for external students. Please contact the programme Co-ordinator

Contact information

Programme Co-ordinator: ms. Esme Caubo


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