Information Technology (IT) has fundamentally changed many aspects of our lives and it will continue to do so at an ever-increasing pace. As most people use this technology without even understanding its most basic concepts, our information society faces a new problem: digital illiteracy. What does it mean to process information? How can you best make use of IT? What are its benefits and what are its dangers?
During this weekend, you will learn about the functioning of hardware and software, the difference between the Internet and the Web, and the security of information through cryptography. Depending on the interests of the participants, we can also cover machine learning and blockchain technologies. We will visit the computer museum ENTER and have a guest presentation by an open data expert. For the practical exercises, participants are required to bring a laptop along.
Language: The lectures will be in English, the tour through the museum in German.
Lecturer: Kaspar Etter, Master of Computer Science at ETH Zurich, former scholar of the Swiss Study Foundation
Preparation: Though not mandatory, skimming through the lecture slides in advance is recommended. You will also need to install a few tools on your laptop before the seminar.
Number of Participants: 20
Place: Solothurn Youth Hostel (www.youthhostel.ch/solothurn)