We are very proud to announce that we are launching, in partnership with the University of Girona, the second edition of Masters Degrees on Technology & Security and Technology & Privacy that will start next September. These programmes offer rigorous training in theory, policy and practice aimed at academics and professionals seeking to improve their knowledge of issues relating to technology, security and privacy. The modules offered cover issues from social science perspectives on surveillance and legal aspects to practical training for policymaking and privacy and security governance, and the programmes therefore respond to the need to generate flexible talent able to meet evolving privacy, security and technology challenges.
In the realm of privacy and data protection, the emergence of a Europeanized data protection framework and the rapid growth of IT-enabled data surveillance and mining mean that the management of privacy is now increasingly professionalized. Chief Privacy Officers, Privacy managers and technologists are now commonplace across the private sector as well as in public authorities. Privacy policies remain unevenly implemented, and there is a growing need and high demand for analysts and practitioners at the intersection of privacy and technology.
Technology is an increasingly important element of security policies and practices. Contemporary security practices are heavily reliant on sensory technologies such as video cameras and automated tools for data mining and tracking. There is a growing need for public policy on security to take into account questions of technology, particularly relating to how policies can be democratically designed, how technologies can be designed to account for their societal impacts, and how security policy can reflect a society in which interaction increasingly takes place online and through the treatment of personal data. It is therefore essential that policy-makers as well as private and nonprofit organizations gain an appreciation of the stakes involved in security technologies, in terms of policy evaluation, democratic control over security policy, and understanding of technological design.
In a world increasingly implicated by technological security and policing challenges, the combination of a solid theoretical foundation in technology, surveillance and security theory; an in-depth understanding of security law and policing strategies; and practical training in democratic control and policy evaluation, will prepare you for a successful career in security and crisis planning, security and law enforcement policymaking and many other professions in both public and private sectors.
Long experienced faculty staff
To implement these Masters expert professionals and researchers on each field have been selected and are contributing to them. An international line-up of lecturers includes Lisa Lucile Owens (University of Columbia), Gloria González (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Susan Maret (San Jose State University), Pete Fussey (PhD in Criminology and Sociology), Katarzyna Szymielewicz (Panoptykon Foundation), Jose Manuel Pérez Marzabal (MTN Projects), Claudia Diaz (KU Leuven group COSIC) and many others.
Collaboration of Hervé Falciani
Hervé Falciani, systems engineer and whistleblower of the well-known Falciani’s List related to more than 130000 suspected tax evaders with Swiss bank accounts, is one of the collaborators of our Masters programmes, as a lecturer.
With his contribution, Falciani wants to support an educational initiative that gives relevance to investigate the social, ethical and legal impact of technological systems and tools that are working behind important spheres of our lives and societies, and that stands for promoting better practices to protect the fundamental rights.
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