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I came across this Atlantic article, Raiders of the Lost Web, that relates to the discussion we had a few weeks ago about the consequences of digital information "lasting forever." The problem of information on the web disappearing might actually provide a solution to concerns in our design of educational data platforms. For example, some student privacy concerns stem from the fear that a student's k-12 educational data will be used against them as adults. What if this informatio...
{{unknown}} In lines with our discussion around individual privacy and the state, I am attaching an article that mentions how the state is requesting private genetic database companies such as 23ANDme and ANCESTRY to access to their databases. Privacy Policies of the companies state that they "will turn information over to law enforcement if served with a court ...
{{unknown}} This is a brief review of a report discussing ethical concerns around the use of student data. The author's outline an ethical framework that might be helpful as we think about design principles for our own learning analytics systems. http://er.educause.edu/articles/2014/4/ethical-discourse-guiding-the-future-of-learning-analytics
To see how a student project led to the recent ruling against the safe harbor provision, take a look at this article on Max Schrems and his work to challenge the transfer of his personal data to the US.
Check out this update on the long-standing battle between the US and Europe on data privacy,
{{unknown}} {{unknown}} https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-future/chinas-nightmarish-citizen-scores-are-warning-americans https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/10/in-china-your-credit-score-is-now-affected-by-your-political-opinions-and-your-friends-political-opinions/ Alibaba and Tencent, China's equivalents of Twitter and Facebook, have introduced a credit score algorithm that factors, among other things, the political dispositions of you and your friends in calculation of your credit score. In addition, higher credit scores can net you rewards like visas. This i...
Richard Stallman (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Stallman) is an advocate for free, open source computing and a major software freedom activist. He has a good writeup of how he uses technology and the internet, found here: https://stallman.org/stallman-computing.html His perspectives are...somewhat extreme, but also I don't think you could do much better as far as having a very small online footprint goes.
Check out this article from the NY Times reporting on today's ruling from the European Court of Justice that struck down the safe harbor agreement because it allows American government authorities to gain routine access to data on European citizens.
Check out this piece from The Verge that reports on the "Nameless Coalition's" challenge to the Facebook name policy. It highlights some of the issues from last week's discussion on identity on Facebook.
{{unknown}} Great interview between Petar Jandric and Henry Giroux on the application of Giroux's metaphor of border crossing, in terms of educators crossing boundaries of knowledge, to the digital frontier. A highlight/intro: P.J: Could you please apply your concept of border crossing to learning in the age of information technologies? H.G: Whereas for me, the real question is: What kinds of borders need to be erased and collapsed so that we can start arguing about the ways digital technol...