School database loses backers as parents balk over privacy

Stephanie Simon, Lumen Learning, Jun 17, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've long thought that the deal-breaker for big data and learning analytics is personal privacy. Now it appears events are bearing this out, a bit (PRISM notwithstanding). "A $100 million database set up to store extensive records on millions of public school students has stumbled badly since its launch this spring, with officials in several states backing away from the project amid protests from irate parents... The system is set up to identify millions of children by name, race, economic status and other metrics and is constructed in a way that makes it easy for school districts to share some or all of that information with private companies developing education software." Really? They didn't go for that...?

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