Length Length

10 modules released weekly, with 2-week catch-up period

Effort Effort

3-5 hours per module

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

INNOVATION
How technological advances enable new

development solutions

INNOVATION
KNOWLEDGE SOCIETIES
How our digitally-connected world promotes the

production of knowledge

KNOWLEDGE SOCIETIES
DATA & MEASUREMENT
How ICT is both an indicator of progress and a tool for

gathering data

DATA & MEASUREMENT
ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
How do we ensure that this technology is used

ethically and effectively?

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

Overview

This course will launch on October 8, 2018. Enroll today!

Tech for Good was developed by UNESCO and Cetic.br/NIC.br, the Brazilian Network Information Center’s Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society. It brings together thought leaders and changemakers in the fields of information and communication technologies (ICT) and sustainable development to show how digital technologies are empowering billions of people around the world by providing access to education, healthcare, banking, and government services; and how “big data” is being used to inform smarter, evidence-based policies to improve people’s lives in fundamental ways.

It also addresses the new challenges that technology can introduce, such as privacy, data management, risks to cybersecurity, e-waste, and the widening of social divides. Ultimately, Tech for Good looks at the ways in which stakeholders are coming together to answer big questions about what our future will look like in a hyper-digitized world.

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Quizzes
  • Discussion forum
  • Live Q&A sessions
These live sessions allow students to ask questions and engage directly with instructors and leading practitioners in the field. The exact dates of these sessions will be announced early in the course.

Lead Faculty

  • Dorothy Gordon

    Chair, UNESCO Information For All Programme

  • Guilherme Canela Godoi

    Regional Adviser for Communication and Information, UNESCO Montevideo Office

  • José Clastornik

    Chief Executive, AGESIC, Office of the President of Uruguay

  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin

    Chief, Strategic Planning & Membership, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

  • Chief Nathaniel Ebo Nsarko

    Country Director, Ghana, Millennium Promise Alliance & the 1mCHW Campaign

  • Eduardo Diniz

    Professor, Fundação Getulio Vargas

  • Luis Gonzalez Morales

    Chief, Web Development and Data Visualization Section, UN Statistics Division

  • Jessica Espey

    Senior Adviser, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

  • Sara Rendtorff-Smith

    Independent Consultant, Data-Driven Governance and AI Policy

  • Katina Michael

    Professor of Computing and Information Technology, University of Wollongong

  • Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Professor, Columbia University

This course is for

Technology specialists who want to understand more about how ICT is being used to improve people’s lives around the world.

Sustainable development practitioners who need to understand the opportunities and limitations of technology in a development context.

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in the key concepts and practices of this exciting and ever-changing field.

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

This course will run live from October 8, 2018, through December 30, 2018.

Certificates

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to purchase a Verified Certificate signed by the course instructors.

syllabus

Module 1: Welcome to the Digital Age

1.1

Introduction to the Course

1.2

Bridging the Digital Divide

1.3

Three Approaches to ICT for the SDGs

Module 2: Technology for Governments and Citizens

2.1

Equity and Access to Services

2.2

User-Driven Public Administration

2.3

It's All About the Data

2.4

The Open Government Approach

2.5

Case Study: Aadhaar in India

2.6

The Challenges of Digital Government

Module 3: ICT Infrastructure

3.1

Enabling ICT: The Role of Infrastructure

3.2

Promoting Digital Inclusivity

3.3

Innovations in Infrastructure

3.4

Building Smart Sustainable Cities

3.5

ICT as Infrastructure: A Look at Societal Platforms

Module 4: ICT Innovations in Health

4.1

Achieving Universal Health Coverage

4.2

Improving Healthcare Delivery

4.3

Involving the Community

4.4

Evidence in Action: Success Stories of ICT and Health

4.5

Emerging Challenges and Opportunities

Module 5: Learning in Knowledge Societies

5.1

The Ecosystem of ICT for Education

5.2

Education for a Connected World

5.3

Sharing Knowledge: ICT, Openness, and Inclusion

5.4

Measuring ICT and Education: Frameworks

5.5

Measuring ICT and Education: Data and Indicators

5.6

Rethinking ICT for Education Policies

Module 6: Promoting Financial Inclusion

6.1

An Introduction to Financial Services

6.2

The Potential of Digital Platforms

6.3

Mobile Payments for Marginalized Communities

6.4

ICT for Enabling Access to Credit

6.5

Replacing the Cash Economy

6.6

The Challenges of ICT-enabled Financial Inclusion

Module 7: Measurement and Metrics for ICT and the SDGs

7.1

Managing Data for the SDGs

7.2

ICT Innovation for Statistical Development

7.3

Engaging with Data: Communications and Citizen Empowerment

7.4

Case Study: Brazil’s Cetic.br

7.5

Measuring ICT

7.6

ICT for Monitoring the SDGs

7.7

Limitations of ICT for Monitoring the SDGs

Module 8: Artificial Intelligence for Development

8.1

An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

8.2

Who Drives the Agenda on “AI for Good”?

8.3

Implications for Discrimination and Exclusion

8.4

The Human Side of AI: Risks and Ethics

Module 9: Concerns for our Digital Future

9.1

Privacy and the Importance of Trust

9.2

Knowing your Data Rights

9.3

Cybersecurity

9.4

The Downsides of Digital

Module 10: The Way Forward

10.1

The New Workforce: Six Points about the Future of Work

10.2

The Meaning of Work in the Digital Era

10.3

The Open Movement

10.4

Closing Thoughts on ICT for the SDGs