Certified Ethical Emerging Technologist


Mutually reinforcing innovations in computing and engineering are catapulting advances in technological production. From blockchain, to artificial intelligence, to gene editing and to the internet of things, these advances come with tremendous opportunities for improvements in productivity, efficiency and human wellbeing. However, these technologies advances also have the potential of introducing new and serious risks of conflict and harm.

Technology professionals now face growing demands to identify and mitigate ethical risks to human rights and the environment, as well as to navigate ethical tradeoffs between qualities, such as privacy and accuracy, fairness and utility and safety and accountability.

This self-paced, online course was developed by FedLearn content partner, CertNexus, to prepare you to take the Certified Ethical Emerging Technologist exam. CEET is a vendor-neutral certification designed to demonstrate a firm understanding of applied technology ethics to enable professionals to navigate the processes by which ethical integrity may be upheld within emerging, data-driven technology fields.

This online course will provide you with the tools to identify and manage common ethical risks in the development of these technology solutions. It will distill ethical theory, public regulations and industry best practices into the concrete skills and guidelines needed to responsibly develop digital products and services. By following the course’s practical, problems-based approach, you will become adept at applying theories, principles, frameworks and techniques in your own role and organization.

This online course is composed of reading assignments using the CertNexus CEET certification exam prep eBook.

What You Will Learn

  • Describe general concepts, theories, and challenges related to ethics and emerging technologies
  • Identify ethical risks
  • Practice ethical reasoning
  • Identify and mitigate safety and security risks
  • Identify and mitigate privacy risks
  • Identify and mitigate fairness and bias risks
  • Identify and mitigate transparency and explainability risks
  • Identify and mitigate accountability risks
  • Build an ethical organization
  • Develop ethical systems in technology-focused organization

It is recommended that you take each of the lessons over the course of several weeks to ensure you have enough time to absorb the course content and to prepare for, and take, the CEET exam. Note that this is only a suggestion—you are free to complete the reading assignments and activities at your own pace.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Introduction to Ethics of Emerging Technologies

  • What is at stake?
  • Ethics and why it matters
  • Ethical decision making in practice
  • Causes of ethical failures

Lesson 2: Identifying Ethical Risks

  • Ethical reasons
  • Stumbling blocks for ethical reasoning
  • Identify ethical risks in product development
  • Tools for identifying ethical risks
  • Use regulations, standards and human rights to identify ethical risks

Lesson 3: Ethical Reasoning in Practice

  • Ethical theories
  • Use ethical decision making frameworks
  • Select options for action
  • Avoid problems in ethical decision making

Lesson 4: Identifying and Mitigating Security Risks

  • What is security?
  • Identify security risks
  • Security tradeoffs
  • Mitigate security risks

Lesson 5: Identifying and Mitigating Privacy Risks

  • What is privacy?
  • Identify privacy risks
  • Privacy tradeoffs
  • Mitigate privacy risks

Lesson 6: Identifying and Mitigating Fairness and Bias Risks

  • What are fairness and bias?
  • Identify bias risks
  • Fairness tradeoffs
  • Mitigate bias risk

Lesson 7: Identifying and Mitigating Transparency and Explainability Risks

  • What are transparency and explainability?
  • Identify transparency and explainability risks
  • Transparency and explainability tradeoffs
  • Mitigate transparency and explainability risks

Lesson 8: Identifying and Mitigating Accountability Risks

  • What is accountability?
  • Identify accountability risks
  • Accountability tradeoffs
  • Mitigate accountability risks

Lesson 9: Building an Ethical Organization

  • What are ethical organizations?
  • Organizational purpose
  • Ethics awareness
  • Develop professional ethics within organizations

Lesson 10: Developing Ethical Systems in Technology-Focused Organizations

  • Policy and compliance
  • Metrics and monitoring
  • Communication and stakeholder engagement
  • Ethical leadership

For more information regarding the domains and objectives covered by the CertNexus CEET exam, download the exam blueprint.

Who Should Take This Course

This online course is perfect for technology leaders, solution developers, project managers, organizational decision makers and other professionals interested in gaining a vendor-neutral, cross-industry understanding of ethics in emerging. data-driven technologies, such as AI, robotics, IoT and data science.

This course is also designed for professionals who wish to sit for the CertNexus CEET exam.



Course Certificate

A certificate of completion can be downloaded after successfully finishing the course (following the FedLearn honor code).

Course Format

Reading assignments using the CEET exam prep eBook.

Course Pricing

A bundled package of the course eBook and CEET exam voucher is available for purchase for $450.

After purchasing, the voucher and information on how to access exam will be emailed to you.

If you are interested in learning about special team rates for Federal government and government contractor organizations, email [email protected].

Continuing Education Units

This course provides 8 CEUs.

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