Cyber Ethics

About this course

Cyberspace permeates all dimensions of our contemporary life. It influences the way we travel, the ways we connect with others, communicate and harvest information, and ultimately how we organise our business and private lives. Who are we as humans amidst cyberspace?

This online course addresses the salient ethical questions in relation to security, technologies and artificial intelligence, freedom and responsible citizenship, economics, bullying and protection of the vulnerable, religion, governance and democratic participation. The units include current and pertinent reading and study material. Participants will benefit from full and free access to the Globethics online library with a plethora of publications in several collection areas of applied ethics. The course is based on the publication: 'Cyber Ethics 4.0: Serving Humanity with Values' written by Christoph Stückelberger and Pavan Duggal, and willl be accompanied by two highly profiled and experienced course instructors.

Learn more about this flexible, online, distance learning course: read the Cyber Ethics course brochure.

  • Recognize the main ethical aspects of cyber environments
  • Apply ethics, and core values to all decisions that are made within cyberspace
  • Analyse cyberspace management approaches and models from the ethical perspective
  • Create new principles of behaviour in cyberspace that meet global ethical principles and rules

Unit 1 Cyberspace and the fourth industrial revolution (4.0): Definitions, dimensions
Unit 2 Cyber Ethics: definition of ethics, specificities and dimensions of cyber ethics, values and virtues. Ethics for IT workers and IT users.
Unit 3 Cyber Technologies and Ethics I: AI - Artificial Intelligence
Unit 4 Cyber Technologies and Ethics II: Fintech, Blockchain
Unit 5 Cyber Media: freedom, dignity, citizen responsibility, net neutrality
Unit 6 Cyber Economy and Ethics: driving economic powers
Unit 7 Cyber Security I: Cyber Crime and Ethics
Unit 8 Cyber Security II: Secret Services and Ethics
Unit 9 Cyber Peace: Autonomous weapons and ethics
Unit 10 Cyber Protection of the vulnerable: Health, Bullying, Children
Unit 11 Cyber Religion: Dataism as Religion
Unit 12 Cyber Law and Governance and Ethics: Voluntary values and legally binding norms. International conventions
Unit 13 Conclusions Cyber Ethics: 10 core values and virtues for Cyber Ethics
Final Assignment


Arend van Campen

Ethicist and cybernetician. Researcher at



Gilles Bach

Trilingual Consultant in the Data, AI, IoT space - Digital & Core Transformation - Innovation


Participants whose first language is not English are recommended to have a minimum English language-proficiency of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The self-assessment grid under this link provides potential participants with an overview in case of unfamiliarity with this framework.

What's included

All learning materials are delivered entirely online. You’ll have access to a course website, which includes:

  • a unit overview
  • course-specific materials and activities
  • audio and video content
  • discussion forums

All the interactive materials from our courses are available as downloadable PDF versions for low bandwidth connections.

Computing requirements

You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (10.15 or higher).

It’s also possible to access our learning management system on a mobile phone, tablet device, however, as you will have to download the moodle application for Android or MacOs.

For the assignments and final assignment, you will be required to use any word processor, such as Microsoft Word, Google Sheets, Pages, and convert it to a PDF, you can download it here.

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Duration13 weeks
Starting date19 September 2022
Course certification from 100 USD depending on country income classification
Workload65 hours (13 online modules)
1.5 hour live synchronous learning session every other week (9 hours total)
Subjects Artificial Intelligence, business, research
Language English
Study Method Distance learning


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