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Ministry of Sharing: Are you a safe sharer?

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Ministry of Sharing: Are you a safe sharer? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jul 2015
Are you a model citizen or a menace to society when it comes to divulging personal details? Take the test from the Ministry of Sharing and...

Can animals predict earthquakes - and how could they alert us?

Can animals predict earthquakes - and how could they alert us? Copyright free image Credit: Public domain image
Updated 06 May 2015
It might sound like something out of a Lassie film - animals warning of imminent disasters. But connecting animals to the cloud could give early...

The Election Debate Visualisation Project

The Election Debate Visualisation Project Copyrighted image Credit: EDV Project / Party leader images CC Plaid Cymru / Edinburgh Greens / Scottish Government / Gage Skidmore / Ed Miliband
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Even though social media is thoroughly embedded in voters’ culture we have yet to come up with an engaging, interactive way to share our feedback...

Blackhat, dark night: Could hackers really cause a power outage?

Blackhat, dark night: Could hackers really cause a power outage? Creative commons image Credit: Eva Rinaldi under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Although the nuclear meltdown depicted in Blackhat is fiction, Mike Richards warns there are other ways those with bad intentions could switch our...

What do I need to know about the SIM hack?

What do I need to know about the SIM hack? Creative commons image Credit: yum9me under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Revelations that security forces have broken the protection of mobile phone technology are a real concern. Mike Richards explains why - and how the...

Mass surveillance will never be able to stop all known terrorists

Mass surveillance will never be able to stop all known terrorists Copyright free image Credit: Memorycatcher via Pixabay
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2015
The government believes mass surveillance can keep us safe from harm. Ray Corrigan suggests those plans need a closer look.

Highlights and lowlights of 2014, a golden year for cybercrime

Highlights and lowlights of 2014, a golden year for cybercrime Creative commons image Credit: Ethan Prater under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Jan 2015
In 2014 we learnt how powerful hackers and cyber criminals are, will this continue in to 2015? Andrew Smith takes a look back at the year of...

Embarking on a career in cyber security

Embarking on a career in cyber security Copyrighted image Credit: © Oksipix | Dreamstime.com - Cyber Security Photo
Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Dec 2014
Are you interested in a career in cyber security? Find out what career paths you can take here. 

Will there be a Silk Road 3.0?

Will there be a Silk Road 3.0? Creative commons image Credit: Ricardo Wanglicensed for reuse under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Updated 28 Nov 2014
After the Silk Road there was Silk Road 2.0, and now that’s gone. Will there be a Silk Road 3.0?

Blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder is nonsense

Blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder is nonsense Copyrighted image Credit:
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Nov 2014
Scapegoating Facebook for the murder of Lee Rigby is wrong and is being used for political gains, writes Ray Corrigan.

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ICTs in everyday life

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ICTs in everyday life Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
We now live in a global village where distance in no longer a barrier to commercial or social contact. This free course, ICTs in everyday life,...

Introduction to computer forensics and investigations

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
With a few easily available tools people can reveal the stored passwords on their computer and access previously deleted data. Learn about some of...

An introduction to information security

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Masters level Duration 55 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Headline news scares about stolen or missing data are becoming a frequent occurrence. This free course, An introduction to information security,...

An introduction to software development

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Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Oct 2014
Software development is the practice of organising the design and construction of software, the beating heart of much technology fundamental to our...

Introduction to computational thinking

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Introduction to computational thinking
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 10 Jun 2014
You will learn about algorithms and abstraction, and encounter some applications of computational thinking in various disciplines, ranging from...

Data and processes in computing

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Data and processes in computing Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
This unit will help you to understand the forms of data that are handled by software and look at the various processes that can be applied to the...

Computers and computer systems

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Computers and processors are ubiquitous in everyday life, and they're not only found in your PC. This unit introduces the different parts of...

Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
In the increasingly complex world of change and uncertainty, particularly in the context of climate change, the notion of sustainability is often...

Preparing for your digital life in the 21st Century

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Preparing for your digital life in the 21st Century
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Aug 2013
This unit provides a general overview of how digital technology has come to dominate virtually every aspect of the modern world and some guidance...

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Software engineering

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Software engineering Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 01 Aug 2015 Register by 30 Sep 2015
Explore the advanced concepts and techniques used throughout the software life cycle, for the effective production and management of large, complex...