Towards an Ethical Digital Society: From Theory to Practice

By Prof. Bidisha Chaudhuri   |   IIIT Bangalore
Learners enrolled: 533
‘Towards an ethical digital society: from theory to practice’ presents a brief theoretical and practical toolkit for addressing some of the above questions in the context of technology design and implementation. We examine three kinds of technologies through a multidimensional lens of ethics: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Data and Digital Infrastructures. We look at these technologies as complex sociotechnical assemblages consisting of diverse actors, institutions and domains of practices and point out how different ethical considerations are relevant for each of these sociotechnical assemblages. The objective of the course is to lay out a framework that helps the participants ask pertinent ethical questions that would inform the design and implementations of such technologies.
PREREQUISITES : Anybody with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT : Companies/organizations engaged in designing digital products for diverse social groups
Companies/organizations interested in leveraging digital technologies to complement their existing delivery channels
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty Domain for Experienced
  • Faculty Domain for Newly Joined
Credit Points : 1
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Feb 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

• What is ethics? Why do we need to talk about ethics?
• Technology and Ethics: A multidimensional approach
• Digital Identity and Inclusion
• Smart City and Equity
• Data Justice
• Algorithmic Fairness
• Ethical AI

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Instructor bio

Prof. Bidisha Chaudhuri

IIIT Bangalore
Bidisha Chaudhuri is an Assistant Professor in the domain of IT and Society. She received her PhD from South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University, Germany. She completed an M.A in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi and a Joint European Masters in Global Studies from University of Leipzig (Germany) and Vienna University (Austria). She has worked in research institutions and developmental organisations in India and abroad. Prior to joining IIITB, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at ISEC, Bangalore. Her current research projects include, information systems for sustainable development, conversational agents in everyday practices, politics of algorithms, gender and ICTs, political economy of digital identity and sociology of work and automation.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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