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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
Twitter API Changes Set Maximum User Cap for 3rd Parties
"There’s no way to sugar coat it. These changes effectively kill off the growth of the third-party client ecosystem as we know it. Twitter wants people to be using its official apps and seeing tweets exactly as they’re displayed both there and on the web version of Twitter. This has a lot to do with features like Twitter cards and advertisements, which in turn have a lot to do with Twitter’s partnerships with media companies and brands."
Twitter  API  tos  regulation  control  consistency  developers  businessModels  business  walledGarden 
august 2012 by petej
Is Google Drive worse for privacy than iCloud, Skydrive, and Dropbox? | The Verge
"The real questions is what type of company would you trust with keeping your data in the cloud?
Microsoft is a software company, which sells it’s products and services to customers for money. You are the customer.
Apple is a hardware company, which sells it’s products and services to customers for money. You are the customer. You are the customer.
Dropbox is a web-service company , which sells it’s services to customers for money. You are the customer.
Google is an advertising company, which sells it’s services to customers for money. You are not the customer — advertisers are customers. You are Google’s product."
GoogleDrive  tos  storage  Dropbox  Apple  iCloud  Microsoft  Skydrive  advertising  businessModels 
april 2012 by petej
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