How do governments influence effects of digitalisation, such as cybercrime and breaches of privacy? And how can governments make better use of benefits that digitalisation has to offer?
In the modern globalised world, privacy and security are two topics that do not lose their relevance. On the contrary, incidents demonstrate how they affect our daily life. This LLM programme discusses the need to protect the privacy of citizens online, but also looks at the risks of the dependency on the private sector in IT projects and describes online tools to increase the effectiveness of law enforcement.
Our Law students are interested in studying how governments deal with challenges digitalisation raises. Consequently, they understand that it is in their interest to have knowledge of governance theories and social science. If they have no prior knowledge, they are willing to acquire this prior to the start of the master's programme. This can be done by following an intensive online programme between February and May.
Our students studying international relations or with a social science background or realise that it is necessary to have a background in law. They can obtain this knowledge by completing the premaster during the Spring semester.
This master responds to an increasing demand of the labour market, since there is a great need for lawyers with knowledge of public administration to deal with the aforementioned issues.
By means of guest speakers, excursions, internships and research, the student will gain practical experience with digitalisation issues in a public sector context. After this study, students will have all necessary skills allowing them to successfully pursue a meaningful career in this highly dynamic and complex environment.
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The study responds to current events and the field of study is constantly evolving
After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the RuG, I decided to follow a pre-master to gain access to the master's degree in Governance and Law in Digital Society.
This master's programme appealed to me enormously, because the field of law is so topical. Technological developments are ongoing, more and more devices are being connected to the internet. Digitisation is ubiquitous and although there are advantages to it, there is also a downside: today's society has become increasingly dependent on technology, and we have to deal with new security issues.
During the year, several of issues were discussed. For example, different laws and regulations were discussed that have been introduced in the field of cybercrime and data protection. In addition, we have devoted a great deal of attention to the digitisation of government and government services, for example through the use of algorithms and automated decision-making.
The internship, which is part of the master's programme, allows you to gain practical experience and apply the knowledge gained from the various subjects in practice. In addition to an internship assignment, it is also possible to write your thesis for an organisation.
During my master's degree I gained a lot of knowledge about policy making and various laws and regulations in the field of privacy and cybercrime. Through my internship, I was able to apply my knowledge in practice and get a better idea of what I wanted to do after my master's degree.
I graduated in July 2019, but even before I was given a contract as a Cyber Trainee at the Dutch I-Traineeship. This traineeship lasts 2 years, during which I will work for three clients for 8 months periods. My first assignment is at the Lower House, where I am responsible for information security policy and security awareness.
I can strongly recommend the master in Governance and Law in Digital Society. The study responds to current events and the field of study is constantly evolving.
Jorn Travaille , Netherlands, LLM in Law and Governance in Digital Society
Last year I graduated from the University of Groningen with a bachelors degree in Public Administration. I lived in Groningen for four years with great pleasure, but I thought it was time for something else.
My interest in the UG Campus Fryslân (in Leeuwarden) was aroused, because the university was going to offer master programs that deal with contemporary problems there.
I was looking for a study that would enable me to help solve social problems and involve my special interest in digitization. For that reason the choice for the master program Law and Governance in Digital Society was made quickly.
I have lived in Leeuwarden since September 2018 and it is a vibrant and cozy city. In addition, it was also pretty easy to get a nice and affordable apartment. I like studying at Campus Fryslân; there is a positive atmosphere and they organize interesting lectures with notable experts, for example former Secretary General of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Another interesting thing is that students in the LLM have different backgrounds, such as sociologists, lawyers, and safety experts. This multidisciplinarity presence in the classroom provides useful discussions which help me to develop a broader view on certain issues.
The programme provides insight into privacy issues, enforcement, and the policy process. I personally like the cyber security courses the most, because it is a subject that is currently developing very quickly within contemporary society. I get the feeling that I am studying something that matters, something that is in the center of political interest. For these reasons I would definitely recommend this LLM.
A specialization for which there is a great demand in the market
As professor I am responsible for the Bachelor and Masters' tracks in Law and Governance. I teach within these tracks and carry out research. My research interests lie with the working of general and administrative law in practice and the functioning of the public sector and specific parts thereof .
My job gives me the opportunity to satisfy my curiosity about how legal arrangements work in practice. I find the workings of the public sector the most interesting because that affects us all.
This track provides a specialization for which there is a great demand in the market. Our society is digitizing at a rapid pace and that raises questions about the ways in which the public sector can and should react. In particular, issues of digital security receive a lot of attention – from security of financial transactions to security in elections, as well as public order and safety in the physical world, which is also influenced by developments of digital technology.
This is the right track for you if you are interested in problems at the intersection of government, market and society and in particular the consequences of digitization for the ways in which our society works and should be governed.
This is a track with a very interesting profile for the job market and an interdisciplinary setup that deals with current problems that affect all of us.
As an Assistant Professor I am involved in various teaching and supervision activities connected to cyber security, privacy and data protection
As an Assistant Professor at the IT Law Section of the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies of the University of Groningen, I am involved in various teaching and supervision activities connected to cyber security, privacy and data protection. In addition, I continue to carry out research concerning the processing of personal data by State and non-State actors and the issue of international responsibility for cyber operations. From the privacy and data protection perspective, it is rather problematic to learn that governments can engage in electronic surveillance of their citizens without taking into account human rights and freedoms of those who are being surveilled. The same concerns can be raised with regard to cyber activities of private persons and entities who cause different forms of harm to others but operate on behalf of States and together with them manage to escape responsibility. Therefore, it is crucial to stand still and think about not only the existing legal norms and principles but also their interpretation in the light of these developments stemming from the cyberspace and having a tangible impact in the physical world.
For the teaching in this program insights from the EU-funded “Cutting Crime Impact” are of great relevance.
I am Assistant Professor at the department of Governance and Innovation at Campus Fryslân, where I am also member of the Data Research Centre. With my background in law and philosophy I explore topics such as human rights in the digital age, security and surveillance in context of the rule of law, privacy and data protection, digital identity, as well as the use of digital technologies for governance purposes. I combine my teaching with insights from ongoing research on the use of state-of-the-art technologies such as predictive policing or blockchain applications. For the teaching in this program insights from the EU-funded “Cutting Crime Impact” project are of great relevance. In this project we collaborate with law enforcement agencies and security experts from the Netherlands and all over Europe. We research the impact of ethical, legal and social aspects on the design of innovative security technologies. Finally, for this master we frequently organize excursions to international and national institutions so that students get the chance to exchange with practitioners on relevant topics (e.g. dark-web investigations) and receive the opportunity to enhance their network.