Who we are

NET LEARNING is an international UNESCO UNITWIN Network having as key and pivoting theme education. The project’s goal – entitled “Governance and citizenship in the digital age” – is to share good practices of education and training, setting a global discourse on education of citizenship, to raise awareness and achieve a more effective rights’ protection, under the challenging and disruptive conditions created by the digital transformation. From the scientific point of view this is addressed through the analytical lenses and the methodologies provided by the following scholarly disciplines: sociology, law, political science, anthropology, data science, management.

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  1. Make the digital a catalyzer of better policies and higher quality of civic life.
  2. Build on the effectiveness of the rule of law and lawfulness in the digital age.
  3. Place at the center the person, the human responsibility to act, the human vision to dream.


Digital governance: from a perceived responsiveness to an effective one

NetLearning aims meeting the need for a sound, objective, plural, and inclusive frame where the citizenship can profit of the digital and computational technologies under conditions of full respect of individual fundamental rights and in the prospect of more fairness, more satisfaction, and more awareness.

From the conceptual point of view, NetLearning is an international and interdisciplinary action belonging to the field of the responsiveness-oriented strategies adopted by public institutions to meet the needs of citizens and to develop the trust they can award to decision making systems – traditional as well as digitalized or hybrid in their nature – used to deliver public goods and to enforce common rules. In the specific field of the governance and citizenship in the age of the digital transformation, the “responsiveness” is operationalized as:

  • awareness of citizens about the potential and the risks;
  • trust toward the institutions;
  • civic engagement into digital governance;
  • civic engagement to a pluralistic and transparent method to govern the digital transformations;
  • expectations for citizens to have their rights protected afterward the introduction of semiautomated mechanisms of public services delivering, rule enforcement based on digital platform, digital divide creating potential inequalities and discriminations.

These are strongly and deeply linked to the cultural dimension of the processes of collective life. However, by endorsing this angle NetLearning does not accept a culturalist vision of social behaviors. It is rather on the cognition and the representation that citizens have of the digital, of their rights and of their duties under the new umbrella of digital governance, that NetLearning aims to impact in order to create positive conditions and to catalyze effective mechanisms of responsiveness. This means building seriously and deeply on the awareness by a comprehensive set of training and educating actions touching upon the entire lifelong trajectory, covering younggenerations as well as stakeholders and legal experts.
NetLearning engages into the promotion of a “research-education and training design – policy
advising” integrated collaboration. In the first stage, the network will take stock of the research carried on by the partners, in order to design evidence based and empirically oriented education and training modules for young generation about three key topics: trust, fairness, rule of law. Secondly, NetLearning promote mutual learning among partners and countries as to the programs and the methods used to train experts in both sectors that turn out key for a peoplecentered approach to digital governance: law and technology.

These actions, research, and training design will be made effective and durable by the activities carried on to disseminate and to build a people oriented international discourse on digital governance. The interplay between research, education and training design, and dissemination/advocacy is portrayed in the figure below.

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