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{{unknown}} On Monday, Sept 21, the Future of Privacy Forum and Data Quality Campaign hosted the 2015 National Student Privacy Symposium. The symposium schedule provides a useful document of organizations and leaders involved in this issues and how the discussion is framed in education. What initially brought me to this symposium was a post by Kerry Gallagher, a technology specialist and panelist at the symposium, on how educators can think through the ...
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{{unknown}} This is an interesting article from NY Times introducing Chinese governments' internet restriction that we can recall  "Freedom of information" and "Surveillance society". Personally I wonder if these actions are really effective. As told from my Chinese friends, they already know inappropriate way to access Facebook from China. It's natural that the more you prevent, the more you want. Source: New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/world/asia/china-clamps-down-still-harder-on-internet-access.html P.S: I am very neutral to this article. No offense to China :...
{{unknown}} Recent article on government data privacy. Interesting to think of the implications of how this information would not have been hacked if it wasn't collected in the first place.   http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/72478096/millions-more-fingerprints-stolen-in-us-personnel-data-hack-than-first-realised
The Hechinger Report covers LearnSphere, a student data platform similar to InBloom, but which seeks to avoid student privacy issues through several layers of data anonymizing and not allowing any personal information from school records. Because the site is geared toward facilitating work for education researchers and software developers, LearnSphere is less concerned with demographic data, and more concerned with deve...
{{unknown}} Our reading this week highlights the impact of building lists and matching information from different data sources.  An article from the Verge provides a contemporary example of list building and matching in Google's new Customer Match tool that allows advertisers to target user email addresses across various Google services. ...
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Check out this story from the Teachers College Record titled, "Districts’ Efforts for Data Use and Computer Data Systems: The Role of Sensemaking in System Use and Implementation." Cho and Wayman (2014)  explore "the factors affecting teachers’ use of computer data systems."  
As we begin the section of the course on Data and the State, this article from the Chronicle on the experiences of two students at the NYU campus in Shanghai provides a concrete example of the impact of state control of information.  Note in particular both the extent and the limitations of such control.