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What is Big Data, AI, and Ethics?

Addressing the scarcity of training in data science in Ireland and co-created with key industry partners, the Big Data, AI, and Ethics Continuing Development Programme trains participants in the fundamental knowledge and skills of social data analysis. Participants are equipped with the knowledge, skills and tools to identify and reflect on the ethical challenges raised by the use of social data and to formulate guidelines for the ethical use of social data.

Who is this course for?

This course will be of interest to individuals who wish to progress their careers through acquiring valuable social data analysis skills that are widely sought after in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

How should we negotiate the ethical challenges raised by social data?

Dr. William Ratoff outlines what will be covered in this course.

What topics are covered?

This course critically examines the ethical and philosophical issues raised by social data. It covers topics such as digital identity, algorithmic fairness and diversity, transparency of data and algorithms, privacy and data protection. It will adopt an interactive approach and the discussion will revolve around concrete case studies and examples

How is the course delivered?

The course will start on March 13th 2023 and will be delivered online over 6 weeks every Monday and Wednesday, with two 2-hour sessions each day, from 6pm - 8pm (2 hours X 2 days X 6 weeks). There will also be 1 hour of asynchronous material. This will be preceded by 2 hours of preparatory online instruction. The last class will be on April 19th.

Participants should have access to a laptop with camera and a microphone. In order to be awarded the Certificate of Completion in Big Data, AI, & Ethics, participants will need to have completed all required CPD exercises.

Dr. William Ratoff

This course is delivered by Dr. William Ratoff, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin.

Dr. Ratoff's primary research interests lie in moral philosophy - especially the ethics of A.I. and the philosophy of mind and of cognitive science.

He is currently working on various papers concerning the ethics of A.I., normative ethics, practical reason, and moral psychology.

You can find about more about his published papers on his website.

Course Fee

The fee for this course is €1,500. Places are limited as class sizes are small. Apply now to secure your place.


We asked some former participants to share their thoughts on the Big Data, AI, & Ethics CPD course...

'The topics covered were relevant, topical and well explained by the lecturer, who challenged students to think about the subject in new and interesting ways'.

'The discussions were challenging and there was room and time for people to express their ideas.'

'I liked the mix of content which was well thought out and divided between lectures, video presentation, breakout rooms and active discussion.'

'This was an excellent course, which was really helpful in expanding and challenging my views.'