Loyal readers may notice that the weekly round-up of news stories and commentary – A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News – has been on a hiatus for a few weeks. I’ve turned my attention to a new (and eye-opening) research project, which is being released in parts. You can follow along here or wait for announcements of its completion. I’ll surely have much more to say about it over time.
The Reason for a Hiatus
- The COPPA Rule, FERPA, and the Security of Student Data — Both FERPA and the COPPA Rule presume that schools have the resources and knowledge to assess their own data security practices, to say nothing of that of their vendors. Emerging evidence suggests that this presumption should be challenged. The FTC and ED can take affirmative action to improve the security with which schools and their vendors treat student data. [...]
- Podcast: “Protecting Your Childrens’ Privacy against Google, Facebook…and their... — An insightful look into how knowledgeable parents who either need or desire to maintain privacy for their families navigate public schools embrace of Google's Chromebook ecosystem and the embedded nature of technology in many families' lives. [...]
- Ad Tracking and Education — State and local education agency websites routinely deploy third-party ad tracking technology. What purpose does it serve? Is it benign (and merely the cost of being on the web in 2017), or does it raise issues worthy of deeper [...]
- On the Air: Hackers Target Student Data as Schools Report Increasing Cyberattacks — Cyber attacks are increasingly hitting schools in the U.S., targeting sensitive student data. Why are hackers zeroing in on schools and students - and what can we do about [...]
- In The News: Hackers Target Nation’s Schools — Schools don't have a [...]