, the SDG Academy and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean are producing a new, massive open online course on how information and communications technologies (ICT) and the internet are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how measurement is fundamental to follow up on the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The course will launch in 2018, with enrollment opening in the new year.

Aimed at not only the general public but also policymakers, business leaders, and researchers in the fields of sustainable development, internet and technology, the course will engage students in a global conversation on the role of ICT and data in a sustainable world.

While highlighting the rapid and dynamic growth of the internet, data, mobile phone usage, and other recent trends, this course will explore the opportunities and implications of information asymmetry, empowerment, access to services, and income and wealth creation for the bottom quintiles encompassed in the relationship between ICT and the SDGs. It will provide case studies on the role of ICT in achieving health, education, governance, infrastructure, and finance goals related to the SDGs, as well as providing a deep dive into artificial intelligence. It will review data needs, principles, sources, institutions, opportunities, and challenges, and will conclude with an overview of some of the most critical discussions as we cross the next frontier of ICT – including privacy, ethical issues, data rights, cybersecurity, and e-waste. Further, it will explore the challenges in terms of measuring the achievement of the SDGs, the role of institutional arrangements for this purposes, as well as new data sources.

The course is completely free and will be made available in all official UN languages, ensuring accessibility by a broad student cohort.

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