Through the Education Lens

We've gotten to the point where there is so much private info out there that . . .

CJ Westerberg, July 24, 2013 3:59 AM


Personal Data,
its Uses,
Ethics & Profiling,
and the Rights of People in the Network

(whew! got that?)

by C.J. Westerberg

When we talk about how students can express themselves on-line (blog!, Tweet! Facebook!) without understanding the implications of their digital footprint, along with what data schools pass along with standardized test scores, grades and teacher assessments (etc.), this 4-minute video from Joi Ito, Head of MIT Media Lab, reminds us quite dramatically and succinctly about what we are doing, especially in light of the boom in privacy-related conversations stemming from the Snowden affair:

". . . we've always tried to protect kids . . . .
the privacy thing,  
We've gotten to the point where
there is so much private information
out there that we're gonna get hurt. 
People are going to die. 
Things are bad . . .
When people start to feel the pain,
then they will start to deal with ways to deal
with the privacy issues.
(paraphrased non-official transcript from video below)

This talk was published back in May during a Pearson conference, Learning Live, which we feature in a few other posts this week (Joi Ito or Pearson week?).  Now keep in mind, a lot of this stuff has been going on for years, whether it was happening digitally or not.  Ever look at various student transcripts?  (Or, as chilling, a kindergartner transcript from a private school where a student is already, at this age, being pegged as having "academic potential" or not?)

If time-crunched, and even though this is not a long video, every parent and educator should
at the very least fast-forward to the 2 minute and 20 second mark to truly understand some of the possible scenarios associated with public tracking and the ramifications of unprotected data.

It is the responsibility of service providers to protect their customers. It is the responsibility of educators and parents to demand it.  There is too much good happening with technology for
us to throw it out with the bathwater but irresponsible on our part not to understand protection policies.  We should select who we do business with as not all companies are bad or good, for that matter.

The good news is that Ito, in this clip, also talks about how this privacy technology is being developed. It is THERE. It will remain "there" (in some vortex) until customers demand it.
I have over-simplified the conversation here for purposes of the over-arching message and will continue these conversations. 

Do check out these links below:

Joi Ito tells Publishers to Back Off
via Boundless

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