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Communicate Effectively about Ethical Challenges in Data-Driven Technologies

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Leading a data-driven organization necessitates effective communication to create a culture of ethical practice. Communication to stakeholders will guide an organization's strategy and potentially impact the future of work for that organization or entity. It is not enough to talk about ethical practices, you need to to relate their value to stakeholders. Building out strategies that are inclusive and relatable can build public trust and loyalty, and knowing how to plan for a crisis will reduce the harm to such trust and loyalty.

In this fourth course of the CertNexus Certified Ethical Emerging Technologist (CEET) professional certificate, learners will develop inclusive strategies to communicate business impacts to stakeholders, design communication strategies that mirror ethical principles and policies, and in case of an ethical crisis, be prepared to manage the crisis and the media to reduce business impact.

This course is the fourth of five courses within the Certified Ethical Emerging Technologist (CEET) professional certificate. The preceding courses are titled Promote the Ethical Use of Data-Driven Technologies, Turn Ethical Frameworks into Actionable Steps, and Detect and Mitigate Ethical Risks.


  • Communicate the Business Impacts of Ethical Risks to Diverse Stakeholders
    • The first module in this course begins by covering the ethical risks a data-driven organization faces, the impacts those risks have on the business, as well as strategies for communicating these ideas. Effective communication to a diverse array of stakeholders is crucial for maintaining their trust, as well as for fostering a culture of ethical business practices.
  • Design Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive External Communication Strategies
    • Now that you understand the importance of communicating ethical risks and their impacts, you'll be able to start designing more in-depth communication strategies for addressing those issues. These strategies will enable you to promote your ethical principles and activities to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manage a Crisis, Communicate Critical Messages, and Ensure Business Continuity
    • Ethical crises are inevitable, no matter how diligent you are in your ethical business practices. You need to plan for this eventuality by ensuring you have a robust and effective crisis management process in place. Communication is a critical portion of crisis management, as it ensures that stakeholders are kept informed of the facts and not led astray by misinformation.
  • Manage the Media During an Ethical Crisis
    • You've learned about general principles of crisis management, particularly how to maintain communications with internal stakeholders. But there's another, equally important entity that you need to communicate with during and after a crisis: the media. The media can often be the deciding factor in the continued success of your organization in the event of an ethical crisis.
  • Apply What You’ve Learned
    • You'll work on one or more projects in which you'll apply your knowledge of the material in this course to practical scenarios.

Taught by

Jennifer Fischer, Renée Cummings and Tania De Gasperis

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