Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013: Data vs Privacy

Audrey Watters, Universities Canada, Dec 12, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Another excellent summary article by Audrey Watters, this one on data and privacy (it was too bad we didn't see her at MRI13 - I certainly hope she's making lots of money with Hack Education and related projects, because it would be a shame to lose such an articulate voice in the field). She writes, "The appropriate choice for Person of the Year, some argue, would be Edward Snowden, who along with the journalist Glenn Greenwald, is certainly responsible for the most important story of the year: revelations about widespread government surveillance by the National Security Agency... Interestingly I heard very little outcry from ed-tech proponents about the troubling implications of NSA surveillance via the technologies that are being pushed in schools, about the impact that this might have on students’ privacy, – hardly a peep from those who have gone 'all in' with Google Apps or iPads or YouTube for Schools or Skype in the Classroom or Facebook."

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