Session overview

OXFORD TRAINING SESSIONS ON THE MODERN INFORMATION SOCIETY

SESSION No. 4: CYBERSPACE AND THE STATE



When: April 28–April 30, 2017 (lectures on the first two days, followed by a cyber crisis simulation exercise on the third day)

Where: University of Tartu, Circular Auditorium (Jakobi Str 2, room 226)

Registration: through the University of Tartu's Study Information System (Continuous Education course SVUH.TK.017)

Participation fee: free of charge

Working language: English

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WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT?

The training session will discuss in detail the challenges and opportunities of the modern information society, which are not solely or even primarily technical in nature – they also involve elemental questions of political culture and institutions, public policy, ethics, law, and diplomacy. The course will merge technical insights with theoretical and empirical knowledge in the political and social sciences to clarify the nontechnical aspects of cyber security and e-government issues.

Classroom lectures and discussion are designed to allow students from social and humanitarian sciences background to relate information society issues with their primary studies. 

Instructors will draw from and apply social science research to clarify how innovations in information technology affect the security and welfare of states and citizens. The lectures seek to demystify the technical rudiments of cyberspace while developing students’ theoretical and applied understanding of the workings of the information society.

The training session will discuss innovative uses of information technology in Estonia and elsewhere to identify, clarify, and model how changing configurations in cyberspace influence the structures and processes of political systems within and across national borders.  Practical simulation exercises enable students to translate this new knowledge into concrete insights and recommendations for professional action.


WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

The course is specifically designed for university students studying in non-IT fields at all levels of instruction (BA, Diploma, Masters, PhD), who, as future specialists in their respective fields, should be aware of the various opportunities, but also risk emerging from the increased use of information technologies. The course is designed with the objective to allow students to relate the content of the course with their own primary field of studies. No previous IT or computer science training is required to enrol. Students specializing in IT fields are also welcome to attend the course. Non-students may be allowed to enroll subject to space limitations. 


HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED?

On April 28 and 29, the course will feature lectures related to the topic "Cyberspace and the State". The final day of the course consists of a cyber crisis simulation exercise. During the simulation exercise, participants will apply classroom understandings to the management of a major practical event, such as an international cyber crisis or a breakdown in state information systems, requiring a coordinated response across government agencies as well as between the public and private sectors and international actors.

You can read more about the schedule and topics here


REGISTRATION AND CANCELLING

Course registration takes place through University of Tartu's Study Information System, where you can register for the continuous education course. During the registration, you will be asked to enter your Estonian identification number or, should you not have one, to fill in the information about your citizenship and your personal identification number issued by your home country, or your date of birth, if you do not have a personal identification number issued. This information is required for issuing a certificate of participation. 

Additionally, the Study Information System will ask for your home address and your e-mail address, we ask you to make sure that this information is correct. Please use your primary e-mail address! After the conclusion of the course, we will send you certificates proving that you have passed this course. Preferably, these certifications will be issued electronically, and will be sent to the e-mail address provided. If needed, we can also send the certificate through regular mail. In this case, it is necessary that we would have your correct address information in the Study Information System. 

NB! We also ask you to fill in your study programme and study level (registration field "Occupation", e.g. Journalism MA or Government and Politics BA) and the name of your home university (registration form field "Organisation").

If the registration is completed, you should receive a notification e-mail to the address provided. 

In case it becomes clear that you are unable to participate in the course after all, we would appreciate if you would let us know in advance by sending an e-mail to the following address: kristel.vits@ut.ee


FUNDING

The training session is funded by the European Social Fund and offered under the collaboration of the University of Tartu, the Cyber Studies Programme, University of Oxford, and the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All additional questions should be sent to either to Ms. Kristel Vits (kristel.vits@ut.ee) or to Ms. Katri Tammsaar (Katri.Tammsaar@politics.ox.ac.uk).