Ever wondered how algorithms make sense of our digital activities to determine what we see and do online? Do you want to understand how big data is affecting our daily lives and how digital literacy can empower people to navigate digital societies?
This programme offers students the opportunity to gain cutting-edge knowledge of the digital transformations that profoundly change society. New media technologies and platforms are increasingly central to people’s daily lives. Many activities, from doing business to getting information and organizing our health care, are now moving online. The data this generates allows for large-scale data mining and algorithmic filtering. This opens up opportunities to enhance our life, but also raises ethical issues and pushes us to thoroughly understand and reflect on the implications. By critically engaging with the role of digital media in our day-to-day lives, you will understand the wider consequences of our growing reliance on data for society, policy and business. By taking a digital literacy perspective, this MA empowers you to address these challenges of datafication.
I have always been fascinated by the myth around big data and “the algorithm”
Hi there! My name is Maud Rebergen and I am currently studying the MA in Media Studies: Datafication and Digital Literacy. Besides my studies, I work part time as a student assistant for the department of ACM and Industry Relations. I received my BA in Media Studies at the University of Groningen as well in 2019.
When I am not studying, I enjoy playing squash, cooking Asian food or watching trashy shows on Netflix.
I have always been fascinated by the myth around big data and “the algorithm”. Even throughout my bachelor’s in media studies – which I enjoyed very much – I was very interested in digital media and the driving forces behind them. When I heard the news that the university was introducing a new MA, I was over the moon. The opportunity to build on my previously acquired knowledge from media studies with cutting-edge theories and ideas from fields like computer science and critical data studies excited me. I was also looking forwards to learn new methodological skills that can be used in research in the field of datafication and digital technology.
Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Mexico, Russia, China, India, or Indonesia, starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.
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