Digital Governance

Erasmus University Rotterdam & University of Leeds

Embark on a transformative journey through the Digital Governance course, delving into the intersection of technology, law, and politics. Uncover the disruptive effects of emerging technologies on society while addressing legal and political challenges.

  • Explore the impact and effect of emerging technologies on law and politics.
  • Identify risks and challenges of digitization in relation to EU law, markets, and economics.
  • Understand the interconnectedness of problems, questions, and solutions.
  • Gain insights into e-democracy, automation of government administration, online courts, competition and regulation in digital markets, and ownership of data.

Designed by an international community of legal experts, this course promises a blend of fun, inspiration, and valuable knowledge in the domain of digital governance.

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Digital Governance
Course Modules

Embark on a comprehensive journey through the Digital Governance course, exploring e-democracy, automation, online courts, competition in digital markets, and data ownership.

Welcome to the MOOC on Digital Governance

Delve into the course with a warm welcome and gain insights into the impact of emerging technologies on law and politics. Explore the developments in EU legislation landscape and the future of surveillance.

Introduction to Law in the Digital Age

Uncover the risks of the digital era and the need for law to regulate these risks. Gain an understanding of how data science and AI are transforming legal practice and research, and explore the role of law in the digital age.


Gain insights into the evolution and future of e-democracy, collaborative e-rulemaking, and the pitfalls and challenges of e-democracy. Explore e-democracy platforms across the globe and the impact of social bots.

Automation of Government Administration

Explore the automation of government administration, surveillance technology for the public good, and the transformation of administrative discretion and constitutional control through ICT. Delve into the empirical case of predictive policing in Berlin and the automation of social security and tax.

Online Courts

Discover the promise of online courts in improving access to justice through technology. Explore online dispute resolution, access to justice in state courts, and the role of digital choice architecture in online courts.

Competition and Regulation in Digital Markets

Understand the dynamics of competition and regulation in the digital economy, the principles of competition law, and the application of competition law in the era of tech giants. Gain insights into net neutrality, regulation, and market power.

Ownership of Data

Gain an understanding of data ownership, property rights, and data governance design. Explore the relevance of property rights and the impact of GDPR on data ownership.

Peer Review: Facebook and the German Competition Authority

Conclude the course with an in-depth analysis of the case involving Facebook and the German Competition Authority, exploring the implications and outcomes of this significant legal matter.

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