What opportunities and challenges do digital technologies present for the development of our society? 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.Update for 2019: We expect Spanish transcripts to be available starting in September, with more languages to follow throughout the year.
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.
Please note that the course is free to audit, but there is a fee if you choose to pursue a Verified Certificate. Financial assistance is available through edX.
What will you learn
- ICT can improve access to knowledge and services, promote transparency, and encourage collaboration
- Responsible collection and use of data requires governance, security, and trust
- ICT projects should be contextualized and inclusive
- Technology is not neutral! Be aware of bias in design and implementation