Be Healthy or Else: How Corporations Became Obsessed with Fitness Tracking

Cathy O’Neil, Backchannel, Dec 30, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've talked quite a bit about the Personal Learning Record (PLR) over the last few years as part of the overall concept of the Personal Learning Environment (PLE). I've talked about systems that track all your work - your practice, your actions, your results - and store it in a single record store. I would give examples like FitBit, which monitors your exercise and health. We're approaching this with technologies like xAPI. But I always insisted that the data be private and personally owned. Some people dismiss this. But this article shows exactly why it needs to be private.

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