Non-Degree / Dates: 14-18 JANUARY 2019

In the XXI Century societies are becoming more open – balancing between choices of top-to down and bottom up, individual and collective, passive responsibility and proactive entrepreneurship, exercising tolerance, inclusion and democracy. The course provides the first insight to open society values and future expectations and its requirements towards digital technologies using some application cases.

The overview is provided of the main technologies:
– linked open data
– open society technologies in the context of information and knowledge management
– choice designs and the theory of matching (algorithms) and market design in supporting the choice in public service
– the collective intelligent systems as empowering technologies

In practical evaluation activities the generative design approach is introduced as a value based initiative for creating society empowering technologies and evaluating their merit for open society development.

Why this course?

  • This course makes you think why you should be knowledgeable of the values underneath the technology development in rapidly developing information society.

  • Exploring practical case studies of digital governance technologies enables you to get an insight of how to shift the governance of the society from top-down to bottom-up.

  • Experiencing value based generative design approach gives you new insight of how the societal members should be involved in the design of society empowering technologies.


Senior researcher Adolfo Ruiz
Associate prof. Triin Lauri
Professor Kaire Põder
Professor Sirje Virkus
Associate prof. Kai Pata
Junior researcher Hanna-Liisa Pender


The lectures take place from Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm. Please see also the full programme.


The course is suitable for all people interested in the topic.  The course is limited to 20 participants.

Credit points

2 ECTS. The student writes one observation report of the Open Society Technologies implementation. The report should bring out the background of the technology based on literature, the design values of the technology estimated from the open society viewpoint, the evaluation of the merit of the technology for the future society.

Course fee

250 EUR

Accommodation and meals are not included in the the price.

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