Urban data policies


This class aims to present the main issues related to the expansion of digital and data technologies in the territories. Far from being a simple technical transformation, digital technology has social, economic, and political effects that disrupt pre-existing balances. Thus, this class aims to provide some keys to understanding these transformations. Personal data, regulation of digital platforms, the ecological cost of digital technology, are all controversial issues raised in the media and political debate, and which students will examine. 


  • Cardon D., Culture numérique, Presses de Sciences Po, Hors collection, 2019, 432 p.
  • Boullier D., Sociologie du numérique, Paris, A. Colin, coll. U sociologie, 2016, 352 p.
  • internetactu.net 

Educational formula

The class is organized around students' presentations on some of the controversies related to digital technology. Following the presentations, additional insights will be provided and discussions held.

Additional information

Class delivered by Manon Laugaa.

In brief

Year Fifth year

Teaching languageFrench

Number of hours 6.0

Teaching activitySeminar

ValidationContinuous assessment

Mandatory teaching