Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at 12:00 pm Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University Harvard Law School Campus, Wasserstein Hall, Room 2004
The Berkman Center’s Student Privacy Initiative team will do a deep dive into the 1.0 and 2.0 privacy conversations that have been dominating the student privacy and educational technologies (“ed tech”) landscape over the past three years. The 1.0 strand of inquiry has examined privacy concerns related to the interactions between governmental entities (K-12 public schools) and third-party services (from commercial ed tech vendors), with a focus on data collection, consent, and security. The 2.0 line of inquiry has encompassed intra-governmental matters (how schools themselves are or should be using student data to inform their work with students), intra-industry analysis (the role of new and emerging types of ed tech, such as IoT and robotics), as well as how these and related questions within each sphere (government and vendor) impact their shared interactions and the experiences of key stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, policymakers, etc.). We will conclude with a preview of future directions for the Berkman team, including forthcoming outputs on student privacy and Internet of Things, as well as a focus on the new lens of digital learning ecosystem governance to explore how different governance tools are being used or may be used by these ecosystems to foster core normative educational commitments to learner autonomy and agency as these ecosystems are transformed by--and, in turn, influence--ed tech.
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society's Student Privacy Initiative, led by Executive Director Urs Gasser, explores the opportunities and challenges that may arise as educational institutions consider adopting cloud computing technologies. In its work across three overlapping clusters – Privacy Expectations & Attitudes, School Practices & Policies, and Law & Policy – this initiative aims to engage diverse stakeholder groups from government, educational institutions, academia, and business, among others, develop shared good practices that promote positive educational outcomes, harness technological and pedagogical innovations, and protect critical values.
In the fall of 2015, the Berkman Center decided to further surface and highlight our work ongoing work on privacy through the launch of a Berkman Privacy Series, a collection of talks, papers, and other activities, both current and past, that seek to explore and address the increasing concerns about Big Data, which have focused national and international attention on questions of online privacy. Not all of our privacy work is collected in this list, but our hope is that this limited selection, including the future events listed, will serve to increase awareness, foster discussion, and help explore alternative mechanisms for balancing user privacy with the potential benefits of Big Data.