When I launched the K-12 Cyber Incident Map earlier this year, I wrote: “For all the data and evidence we have about K-12 school-related privacy and security incidents, we might as well be having arguments about whether the Earth is flat or round.” My hope was that by systematically tracking public reports of information technology (IT)-related incidents specifically affecting K-12 students, teachers, and schools that more attention would be devoted to these issues, and that this increased attention would ultimately lead to better school IT security and privacy practices. I did not imagine, however, that within three months of its launch that the effort’s findings would be cited in Congressional testimony – and without my foreknowledge or assistance at that.

Technology-related IT security issues will only continue to grow until there is a concerted effort to address them. This week alone, there has been a spate of reported news and incidents:

There is a lot at stake in addressing the root cause of these issues – and building support to address them should be in everyone’s interests.

Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and privacy…the view from Alan Westin in 1979:

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. No endorsements; no sponsored content; no apologies for my eclectic tastes.

Strong opinions may be weakly held.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 26 Edition)

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