I’m pleased to announce the beta launch of the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center at: https://www.k12cybersecure.com. The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center website will be the new home of the K-12 Cyber Incident Map and related cybersecurity resources and commentary.
The price of getting information about your child’s school should not be losing your privacy to online ad brokers.
HTTPS is important. Implementing HTTPS – in many cases – is easy. Not implementing it by a deadline that has been years in coming is a mark of shame and deserves to be called out as such.
Countries – like China and the UK – are rapidly moving to deploy facial recognition technology in their primary and secondary schools. In the U.S., we would do well to follow a different path. The ACLU is at the forefront of the charge to ensure that doesn’t happen, and they deserve our support for it.
Scholastic, one of the most beloved of all education brands, fails to provide even rudimentary security protections for some of its publicly available digital products directed to children under 13.
If you care about your digital privacy and security, here is the tech gear to bring with you to ISTE 2018.
Largely unexamined in the large-scale shift to digital learning in education are the accompanying ethical considerations. Indeed, the issues and tradeoffs that school leaders and teachers face in using technology in schools and for education — whether free or for a fee — are more complex than they have ever been.
Like financial institutions, retailers, and Fortune 500 companies around the world, school districts are increasingly finding themselves and the personal information they hold about students, faculty, and staff targets of costly cyberincidents, including phishing schemes, malware intrusions, and denial of service (DoS) and ransomware attacks.
While increased access to technology has been instrumental to the growth of the OER movement, educational technology choices (often made by schools – and their vendors – on behalf of students) can serve to amplify and/or mute key features of openness. Indeed, the often unspoken relationship between OER and educational technology can be fraught with misplaced assumptions, red flags, value conflicts, and licensing complications.