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The UN launches course on Tech for Good: The Role of ICT in Achieving the SDGs

Tech for Good: The Role of ICT in Achieving the SDGs is a free online course offered by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the United Nations. The goal of the class is to illuminate the ways in which information technology can be used to further efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Stations. Although anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to enroll, the class is geared toward technology specialists, sustainable development practitioners and undergraduate and graduate students. The class is self-paced but is intended to be completed over a 10-week period with students spending three to five hours watching videos and completing assignments weekly.

At the start of the course, students receive an introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals. The second week focuses on Technology for Governments and Citizens, while the third week examines ICT Infrastructure. Then, the class moves on to discussions of ICT Innovations in Health, and Learning in Knowledge Societies. As the course progresses, the class deals with how it can promote financial conclusion and how the impact of Information technology on sustainable development can be measured. During the final weeks of the class, students will learn about artificial intelligence, privacy and cyber security.

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