Kids Shouldn’t Have to Sacrifice Privacy for Education

Dipayan Ghosh, Jim Steyer, New York Times, Dec 17, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Part of the issue with violating privacy in learning is that it's just creepy to have to give your personal information just to learn things. But the other part is less obviously a privacy concern, in my view, and more of a human rights concern. The authors write that people worry "about the fairness of college admissions processes that rely on student data profiles shared by personalized learning companies (and) the dispensation of financial awards including scholarships that are influenced by data that ... also covers categories like race, religion, address and whether they have 'impairments' like H.I.V. or depression." This is a valid concern, but to me the main objection here is how the data can be used, and it's this use that ought to be wrong.

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