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Will a new European law mean YouTube has to monitor your uploads?

Will a new European law mean YouTube has to monitor your uploads? Creative commons image Erich Ferdinand under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Jun 2016
New proposals from the European Commission could force some internet hosting sites to proactively monitor everything posted to their sites. Daphne...

10 billion dollar companies that didn't exist 10 years ago

10 billion dollar companies that didn't exist 10 years ago Creative commons image By Philafrenzy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 May 2016
To continue the celebrations around OpenLearn's 10th birthday, here's a list of ten billion dollar companies that didn't exist ten years ago. 

Throwing light on research by South & Central American scientists

Throwing light on research by South & Central American scientists Copyrighted image Copyright: RedLBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
Latin American scientists are coming together to promote their work more widely. Felix Moronta explains how.

OpenLearn Live: 12th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 12th April 2016 Creative commons image brownpau under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Apr 2016
The birth of commercial spam, and the customer services stars you probably don't even notice. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 8th April 2016

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Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
The attempt to drag cassette tapes into the late 20th Century that unspooled. Then more free learning through the day.

Why has reaching the Chinese internet audience just got a little harder?

Why has reaching the Chinese internet audience just got a little harder? Creative commons image 陈 少举 under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2016
The Chinese State is tightening rules on how foreign organisations reach its citizens online. Oiwan Lam explains.

OpenLearn Live: 6th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 6th April 2016 Creative commons image Bwkparadox under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Apr 2016
When Microsoft tried to take on the iPod. Twice. And how Beethoven wrote music he couldn't hear. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 5th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 5th April 2016 Creative commons image Hudson Institute under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Apr 2016
Rupert Murdoch's attempt to create an old-style, brand-new newspaper. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 4th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Apr 2016
Making sense of the Panama Papers; and the handheld device that changed the way we live - although not straight away. Free learning from...

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Information security

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
Information security underpins the commercial viability and profitability of enterprises of all sizes and the effectiveness of public sector...

Successful IT systems

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Successful IT systems Copyrighted image Copyright: © Exdez/Getty Images
Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 19 Apr 2016
Information technology (IT) systems are a critical part of our world, in business and the public and voluntary sectors. They are often highly...

Software and the law

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
In this free course, Software and the law, you'll look at the laws relevant to software and its use, taking a global perspective. ...

Data and processes in computing

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Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 08 Apr 2016
This free course, Data and processes in computing, will help you to understand the forms of data that are handled by software and look at the...

Introduction to computational thinking

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Introduction to computational thinking
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Apr 2016
You will learn about algorithms and abstraction in this free course, Introduction to computational thinking, and encounter some applications of...

Safari - skills accessing, finding and reviewing information

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
We constantly need to find and use information, not only in the academic world but also in the course of our everyday lives and work. This free...

Protocols in multi-service networks

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Advanced level Duration 30 hours Updated 30 Mar 2016
The internet, like the telephone system which preceded it, depends for its existence on communications networks. This free course, Protocols in...

Systems modelling

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Maps and plans, architects and engineers, drawings, graphs and tables: all are models we use in everyday life. This free course, Systems modelling,...

Systems engineering: Challenging complexity

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Advanced level Duration 25 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
This free course, Systems engineering: Challenging complexity, examines system engineering and why it is important. You will learn to identify and...

Representing and manipulating data in computers

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Computers are all around us: in cars, kitchen scales, digital cameras, etc. But how do they store the data they hold? This free course,...

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Software engineering

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Software engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Jun 2016 Register by 30 Sep 2016
Explore the advanced concepts and techniques used throughout the software life cycle, for the effective production and management of large, complex...