I am a tech geek and a social scientist. After a communications degree at Munich University, I moved to Paris to study Politics and International relations at Sciences Po. Unsatisfied with the purely theoretical courses, I started to look for a new program that incorporates the cutting edge of technology.
I found an MSc program called Internet Studies at Oxford University. This department was founded not to educate computer scientists, but to educate people about HOW the Internet is changing society, from schools, to eCommerce, to political participation, Facebook revolutions or regulatory issues. Since journalists are usually bad scientists, this program aims to ground the hype or fear about the Internet in empirical results.
Personally, I want to understand how technology can change and (re)connect networks, from the macro to the micro level, spanning digital politics and organisational change. Technology is powerful, for good and for bad but it needs people to change things. We don`t need technological determinists who believe we can solve every human problem using software/hardware, nor do we need traditionalists who are slowing down the progress.