inBloom & Microsoftian Over-reach

Tom Hoffman, The Teaching Tom Tom, Mar 06, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

inBloom is basically a learning support application that pulls together student data in order to make recommendations. It provides "Secure data management service that allows states and districts to bring together and manage student and school data and connect it to learning tools used in classrooms.... inBloom’s data and content services integrate student records and learning resources that currently live in a variety of different places and formats, making it easier for teachers to find the information and resources they need." Except that... a lot of the data it would collect and store centrally is stuff that really should be personal and private. Or as Tom Hoffman puts it, "it's most evocative of monopoly-era post-XP, pre-Vista Microsoft... That's pretty much where inBloom is. Too far inBubble to realize how absurd and just creepy their plan is."

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