Data Ethics is an emerging branch of applied ethics which describes the value judgements and approaches we make when generating, analysing and disseminating data.

The explosion in personal data and advances in technology, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence; has created fantastic opportunities for your organisation to deliver better services, but also significant responsibilities on how you use and manage personal data.

By understanding the growing practice of data ethics and the government’s Data Ethics Framework, you will be able to embed data ethics practices within your organisation, when managing data and new technology projects.

This Applying Data Ethics training course gives you a firmer understanding of data ethics, the data ethics framework, aligning data ethics practices with data protection legislation, improving accountability and transparency, embedding data use responsibly, and a data ethics toolkit to take back to your organisation.

Attend this Applying Data Ethics course to gain the necessary tools to embed data ethics within your organisation.

Past delegates have said: 

“Great introduction to data ethics – extremely thought provoking.” – Project coordinator, Girlguiding

About the Chair: Anne Alexander
Anne Alexander is Director of the Learning Programme at Cambridge Digital Humanities, which helps Cambridge students, researchers and staff equip themselves with the tools and methods they need to carry on delivering world-class and world-changing research and teaching. Her research interests include ethics of big data, activist media in the Middle East and the political economy of the Internet. She is a member of the Data Ethics Group at the Alan Turing Institute, which is made up of academics specialising in ethics, social science, law, policy-making, and big data and algorithms, the Data Ethics Group drives the Institute’s research agenda in data ethics and works to provide guidance on ethical best practice in data science. Anne is also a member of the Steering Group of the Trust and Technology Strategic Research Initiative.
09:45 - 10:00


09:00 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Understanding the Data Ethics Framework

Understanding the Data Ethics Framework

  • Improve your knowledge of data ethics
  • Ascertain clear user need and public benefit of using personal data
  • Examine the key tenants of the data ethics framework
  • Establish what data ethics means for your organisation
  • Ascertain how data ethics can be applied in the public sector
  • What data ethics issues will face your organisation
10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 12:00

Align Data Ethics with Compliance

  • Align data ethics considerations with data protection legislation
  • Work through practical examples, which help you consider data ethics issues with GDPR and FOI requests
  • Understand the sharing and re-use of data
  • Ensure your use of machine learning and algorithms adhere to GDPR
  • Take into account copyright and intellectual property considerations
  • Gain awareness of various codes of practice
  • Example best and bad practice examples
12:00 - 13:00

Enhance Data Accountability and Transparency

  • Learn how to be more accountable with the data you are using
  • Keep an audit trail on how you are using data
  • Learn how to clearly document your work
  • Understand the limitations of using data
  • Communicate your work to key stakeholders
  • Facilitate peer review to gain critical feedback
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Embedding Data Use Responsibly

  • Develop a plan to make sure insights from data are used responsibly
  • Consider best approaches to designing or delivering services through data
  • Ensure algorithms and machine learning are appropriately used
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Designing a Data Ethics Toolkit

In this practical session, delegates will design and take back a more robust data ethics toolkit to their organisation.

  • Ensure your organisation is fully aware of data ethics
  • Embed data ethics considers when using data
  • Develop strategies to ensure your organisation has a robust data ethics framework
  • Understand the limitations of using data
  • Engender an appreciation of data ethics across your organisation
  • Train staff to help them achieve good data ethics
  • Take back a data ethics toolkit

Anne Alexander

Director of the Learning Programme , Cambridge Digital Humanities, Cambridge University

Dr Anne Alexander is Director of the Learning Programme at Cambridge Digital Humanities. Her current research focuses on the ethical…

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