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The Long Life of a Data Trail | FunnyMonkey
"When a student is signed up for a service by a school or teacher, data is collected from people who have no say in forming the relationship or shaping the terms of the deal. In some cases, this involves student work being sold without student knowledge. The fact that EdTech comanies treat student data (which really is a track record of learning, personal interest, and growth) as an asset to be bought or sold is on very shaky ground, both pedagogically and ethically. Given that a learning record is also - to an extent - a snapshot of behavior, and that behavioral info is gold for marketers, it raises the real question: why should edu records ever have the possibility of ending up outside an educational context? Treating records as a financial asset that can be acquired in a merger/bankruptcy ensures that some records end up being used outside an edu context. The combination of the "fail faster" mantra of VC funded tech, combined with ongoing deals - over 8 billion dollars worth in 2014 alone - ensure that student data is getting sold and used outside an educational context.

When a technology company reserves the right to sell user data in case of bankruptcy, they are hedging their bets. By claiming a stake in user data - instead of getting firmly behind their product or service - they are telling us that they do not have complete confidence in their product. And when a company tells us that: we should listen, and return the favor. If a company doesn't have enough faith in their product to leave user data off the table as an asset, we should match their level of faith - and not use their product."
education  technology  edtech  data  personalData  teachers  schools  students  parents  children  privacy  tos  apps  trust  business  dataBrokers 
november 2014 by petej
Privacy, Data Combination, and Why PII Can Be A Red Herring | FunnyMonkey
"A complaint I hear frequently - often multiple times a day - is that addressing privacy issues feels overwhelming, and that there is no place to start. And yes, it definitely can feel overwhelming, but we all have the opportunity to start in on this every time we interact with technology. We start improving privacy when we call out abusive dynamics online. We start improving privacy when we let a vendor know we will not be using their app with students because of their privacy policies. We start improving privacy when we talk to our colleagues about how privacy - and respect for student data - informs our tech choices. We start improving privacy when we talk to our schools, our school boards, and our elected officials about the ways that current practice needs to improve. Vendors won't listen as long as people use products with bad policies, and VC funders will continue to fund these bad products as long as there is a chance for profit."
privacy  personalData  Whisper  Secret  anonymity  dataBrokers  education  technology  edtech 
october 2014 by petej
The death of privacy | World news | The Observer
I asked Josh Cohen why we needed private lives. His answer was a rallying cry and a warning. "Privacy," he said, "precisely because it ensures we're never fully known to others or to ourselves, provides a shelter for imaginative freedom, curiosity and self-reflection. So to defend the private self is to defend the very possibility of creative and meaningful life."
privacy  socialMedia  Facebook  Google  identity  digitalIdentity  culture  media  celebrities  tabloids  psychology  control  dataBrokers  Panopticon  secrecy 
august 2014 by petej
my oped in tomorrow's FT - Notes EM
"That the financial value of your personal data is unstable, fluctuating based on your location, health and social status, means the spirit of speculation will not just invade our everyday life but will also make self-surveillance of our “data portfolios” highly appealing. We will resemble the confused analysts of the US National Security Agency: unsure of the future value of the data we generate, we will opt to store them for posterity. And, unsure of how to maximise that value, we will keep adding data streams in the vain hope that the value of our data portfolio (the sum total of our life) will rise.

The hope that such precarious data entrepreneurship can mitigate the problems of automation or ease our growing reliance on debt is the utopian conceit of the digital elites. Just because the World Economic Forum argues that personal data are emerging as a new asset class, that does not make it a natural or irreversible development. Nor is this development driven solely by technological innovation: like financialisation, mediatisation is primarily a failure of regulation.

Silicon Valley might, indeed, succeed in disrupting Wall Street. Alas, it has shown no real interest in disrupting its long-term agenda of making our lives tick in sync with the speculative logic of finance."
SiliconValley  data  bigData  surveillance  tracking  monitoring  dataBrokers  mediatisation  personalData  financialisation  dctagged  dc:creator=MorozovEvgeny 
march 2014 by petej

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