Once a week, we’ll give you a short update on what’s happening in social justice and tech.
CommentaryGoogle student privacy complaint isn’t so black and white.
January 6 2016
Last month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a complaint against Google with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), arguing that the company violated a public commitment to protect students’ privacy. Google has room to improve, but students shouldn’t be deprived of practical features that are relevant to their education.Read
September 23 2015
A new company, Clever, is helping public schools share data with education technology companies. But what happens next?Read
August 5 2015
Spurred by vivid accounts of abuse, a new Texas law — potentially the first of its kind in the nation — is poised to require video monitoring in most special needs classrooms. The law is part of a broader move toward more video surveillance in schools.Read
July 22 2015
Digital learning tools, and the companies behind them, are transforming classrooms. But policy hasn’t kept pace: the federal law that protects students’ privacy (called FERPA), is over forty years old. Several pending bills would revise the law, both to authorize new high-tech practices and to protect students against emerging threats.Read
July 8 2015
A school district in Iowa will purchase body-worn cameras for use by administrators and principals. Advocates question the wisdom of the policy.Read