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Sensors, Empowerment and Accountability

Degree type
certificate
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
19 days
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Enschede

Program description

This course gives crucial insights into ICT-mediated citizen-government interaction and the workings of concepts like government transparency and public accountability in real-world contexts.

The diffusion of mobile telephony, the proliferation of SMS-based services, social media and global geobrowsers (e.g. Google Earth) present exciting opportunities for citizens to directly demand from their governments better public services and social accountability.

Empowered citizens, allied to NGOs, mainstream media and civic hackers, can use standard mobile phones to ‘sense’ via text messages and report failures in the delivery of local government services in water and health.

The citizen acts as a human ‘sensor’ reporting failures of public services via her mobile phone, much like non-human sensors recording temperature, river flow, or the speed of vehicles. The public disclosure of these reports on global geobrowsers and other mass media can pressure local authorities to take remedial action.

The course is underpinned by a research project in progress (2012-2016) conducted together by researchers at the University Dar es Salaam and the University of Twente.

Objectives
Research the sensor web and differentiate between the different sensor web services, including human sensor webs; Research the sensor web and differentiate between the different sensor web services, including human sensor webs; Understand and discuss the principles of collaborative mapping and reason about choosing the appropriate applications in specific situations; Understand the concept of semantic modelling and explain the role of context in crowdsourcing and citizen science; Research and discuss a concept that has the potential to explain citizen reporting behaviour, as well as a method to collect related data in the field; Research and discuss a concept that has the potential to explain the response of government to citizens’ reports, as well as a method to collect related data in the field.

Instruction modes
Lectures, supervised practicals, unsupervised practicals, group assignment, individual assignment, self-study

Curriculum
Technological / architectural design of applications on the geoweb; Elements of semantic modeling; Organisational strategies for digital earth applications; Techniques, concepts, and theories related to citizen-government interaction.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

More information about the University of Twente

Admission requirements

Previous education

Knowledge obtained from the MSc modules 1-11 in any domain offered by ITC.Basic knowledge on organizations and institutions is recommended.

Professional experience

A few years of professional experiences is recommended.

Language test

IELTS overall band 6.0
TOEFL computer based 213
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 550
Cambridge Advanced English C1
Cambridge Professional English C2

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