Digital Human Rights

Academic Responsibility

Amnesty International Deutschland
Apl. Prof. Dr. Wulf Kellerwessel

Institute of Philosophy
RWTH Aachen

Contact Person





Thursday, 6:30 – 8:00 pm


C.A.R.L. | H04

Claßenstraße 11
52072 Aachen


Due to digitalization, we are in times of massive upheaval that is transforming the entire economy and raising many questions. The Internet has greatly changed the way we inform ourselves and communicate with each other, and thus also how we acquire knowledge. And we are only at the beginning. However, digitalization is far too often viewed only from an economic perspective and not from a human rights perspective. Yet there is every reason to do so, because global digitization raises a number of serious questions: How will artificial intelligence and Big Data affect society? What will the platform economy do to us? What modern forms of surveillance exist and what will they lead to? How will robotics change our lives? How will future wars be fought? Such questions will be discussed and, if possible, answered in this series. In addition to lectures on the topics below, discussions are an excellent way to address them, since pretty much everyone has been exposed to social media at some point.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of these courses, students should be able to distinguish between the influence of privately run companies (such as those from Silicon Valley) and the influence of the state: For better or worse. They should be able to recognize what problems exist and may yet arise in the context of human rights compliance.  They should also be able to understand what problems will still face our generation as “digital natives” in the future and what major challenges we will face with the digital transformation.




Prof. Dr. Wulf KellerwesselInstitute of Philosophy, RWTH Aachen
David Hasler, Amnesty International Aachen


Digital Global Governance and Corporate Responsibility

Dr. Isabella Ebert, University of St. Gallen


Digital Colonialism

Satyajeet Malik


Platforms (via Zoom)

Dr. Michael Seemann


Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Hinsch, Universität zu Köln


Face Recognition and Biometric Data

Ingrid Bausch-Gall, Amnesty International



Jürgen Geuter, “tante”


Resisting Surveillance: Spyware and the Threat to Human Rights

Likhita Banerji, Amnesty Tech


Digital Mindfulness and Democracy

Anna Andersen, Institute of Political Science, RWTH Aachen

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation. If you would like to take an exam, please make sure beforehand how you can get credit for it in your degree program. Of course, you can also take exams without receiving curricular credit for them. Visit our FAQs for more information.

In the following you will find all exams offered in this course. If you register the examination in RWTHonline, you will also find the assignment to the designations displayed in RWTHonline here:



Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)


Protocol with critical analysis  (2 CP, not graded)

Project "Leonardo": Protocol with Analysis

Term Paper (4 CP)

Project "Leonardo": Study Paper

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