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Safety By Design

Learn how to design online products and services with user safety and rights at the core of the design and development process.

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Safety By Design

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  • 4 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
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Understand why cyber safety matters

If you design online products and services, it is important to invest in risk mitigation at the front end and embed user protections from the beginning. Knowledge of user safety is crucial to help up-and-coming tech leaders prevent their platforms and services being unintentionally weaponised to carry out abuse.

Jointly developed by Australia’s eSafety Commissioner and RMIT University’s Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation, this four-week course will arm you with the tools and skills to design online products and services with online safety and user rights at the core.

Using the principles of Safety by Design, you’ll gain essential knowledge to minimise online threats by anticipating, detecting, and eliminating online harms before they occur.

Unpack transparency and accountability

You’ll start by exploring the three principles of Safety by Design: service provider responsibility, user empowerment and autonomy, and transparency and accountability.

You’ll discover how these principles can be used in your context to increase your online safety knowledge and reduce the risk of harm for your users.

Enhance your e-safety with industry self assessment tools

Next, you’ll put your knowledge into practice as you conduct an e-safety self-assessment on a mock online product or service.

This will help develop practical skills to ensure you can use the self-assessment tool outside of this course to promote user safety and rights.

Delve into cybersecurity research from RMIT University

Finally, you’ll explore the remaining key initiatives of safety by design and the resources available to you.

You’ll learn how these initiatives help to increase awareness of safety by design to ensure you finish the course with the skills to embed cyber safety into your organisational culture.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Why online safety matters

    • Introduction

      Week 1 introduction

    • The basics of user safety

      We focus on responsibility of user safety, and user safety 101 (the things to look out for)

    • Introducing Safety by Design

      What is Safety by Design

    • Key benefits and initiatives of Safety by Design

      We look at the key benefits of SbD

    • Week 1 wrap up

      Week 1 wrap up

  • Week 2

    The three principles of Safety by Design

    • Introduction

      Week 2 introduction

    • Key principles of Safety by Design

      Key principles of Safety by Design

    • Principle 1: Service provider responsibility

      Principle 1: Service provider responsibility

    • Principle 2: User empowerment and autonomy

      Principle 2: User Empowerment and Autonomy

    • Principle 3: Transparency and accountability

      Principle 3: Transparency and accountability

    • Putting the principles into practice

      Putting the principles into practice

    • Week 2 wrap up

      Week 2 wrap up

  • Week 3

    Industry assessment tools

    • Introduction

      Overview of the week, including the topics covered and why they are important

    • Safety by Design assessment tools

      We provide an overview of the tool and how it aligns with the SbD principles

    • Activity: Perform an assessment

      Explanatory information on how to use the tool

    • Week 3 wrap up

      Week 3 Wrap up

  • Week 4

    A holistic approach to Safety by Design

    • Introduction

      Week 4 introduction

    • Applying Safety by Design as technologies evolve

      As well as the industry self-assessment tools, we discuss the other key initiatives to help embed user safety and rights into online products and services.

    • Investment, start-up and technology development

      Resources for investors and financial entities

    • Global application of Safety by Design

      Unpack the ways in which the eSafety Commissioner is working with the tertiary education sector to help ensure the future workforce takes a proactive and preventative approach to user safety

    • Revisiting the big question

      Review the big question presented in week 1 investigating how Safety by Design addresses it

    • Week 4 wrap up

      Week 4 wrap up

    • Final assessment

      Final assessment

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply the principles of Safety by Design to the design, development and release of online products and services
  • Identify the ways technology companies can minimise online threats by anticipating, detecting and eliminating online harms before they occur
  • Implement practices which help to embed online safety into the culture and leadership of the organisation.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for:

• Anyone with an interest in designing and developing online products and services

• IT personnel involved in online product and service design and development

• Educators involved in upskilling students on technology design and online safety

• Anyone with an interest in technology policy

• Engineers, computer scientists, lawyers, ethicists, entrepreneurs working in the technology space.

Who will you learn with?

Matthew Warren is the Director of the RMIT University Centre of Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CCSRI) and a Professor of Cyber Security at RMIT University, Australia.

Who developed the course?

RMIT University

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is a global university, with over 80,000 students, specialising in technology, design and enterprise.

  • Established

    1887
  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 210Source: QS World University Rankings 2022

RMIT University Digital3

D3 provides a simple way to work with a single, multi-disciplinary group of experts in a collaborative, innovative educational environment.

Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation

The RMIT University Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CCSRI) is an award-winning centre with a multi-disciplinary and applied approach to research, education and innovation within cyber security, considering the human, organisational and technological aspects of the field.

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