A student’s right to privacy1


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How do we protect the privacy of learners in the digital age? Who owns student information? What rights should students have to control their academic digital footprint?

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A student’s right to privacy1

  1. 1. A Student’s Right to Privacy in the Age of Digital Learning Prepared for The Association for Media Literacy by Heidi Siwak Saturday April 6
  2. 2. A Digital Learning Revolution!• Social Media and e-tools for collaboration are connecting learners globally. • Students are conducting learning in publicly visible, digitally connected spaces. • Teachers and students are documenting learning and co-creating digital footprints. • Fascinating and compelling projects are everywhere!
  3. 3. I’m a part of the Web 2.0 explosion.
  4. 4. Blog: document learning and practices
  5. 5. Tweet
  6. 6. Hana Global Twitter Chat
  7. 7. We collaborate globally on original projects
  8. 8. We are globally connected.
  9. 9. We create images of learning.
  10. 10. We document our learning.
  11. 11. We create media in digital spaces.
  12. 12. My early concerns …
  13. 13. Media Literacy Triangle
  14. 14. Education’s Uncritical Adoption of New Technologies and Digital Tools
  15. 15. Alarm BellsCorporations through digitalcollaborative tools andeducational partnerships aregaining unprecedented accessto information about learnersand learning.
  16. 16. We work in the public sector, yet ..
  17. 17. Google Certified Prime Minister?
  18. 18. How do we protect the privacy of learners?Who owns their information?What controls should students have over thedigital identity constructed through the workthey are asked to do because of school?Who profits from their work?What should educators be thinking about as webuild globally connected classrooms?
  19. 19. The architecture of the tools weuse is political. They will evolve our political system. Cory Doctorow referencing Electronic Frontier Foundation
  20. 20. Tracking Apps
  21. 21. What are we doing?• Turning student records that up until now were kept locked in the OSR, over to the private sector• Creating digital dossiers of learners that have the potential to follow them for life• We have no control over how that information will be used in the future• Being done with very little supervision• Students have no real control over their personal information• We have no idea of long-term consequences
  22. 22. I love the idea of this app, but …
  23. 23. What have your students agreed to?
  24. 24. TOS: Terms of Service Agreements• You understand that by posting information or content on the Website or otherwise providing content, materials or information to Company or in connection with the Services (collectively, "User Submissions"), Company hereby is and shall be granted a non exclusive, worldwide, royalty free, perpetual, irrevocable, and transferable right to fully exploit such User Submissions (including all related intellectual property rights) and to allow others to do so;• however, Company will only share your personally identifiable information in accordance with Companys current privacy policy
  25. 25. Acclimatizing Students to a Culture of Surveillance
  26. 26. Political consequences as governments changeEmployment consequencesFear of exposurePowerlessness
  27. 27. Alarm Bell 2: Action Research• Observe learning in action.• Document learning.• Share learning via blogs, twitter, video, images• Construct messages about our classrooms, schools and the people who inhabit those spaces.
  28. 28. When does it cross the line into exploitation?(The video for this slide was removed. It was a clip from an Action Researchyear long project. The scene showed a young girl clearly not wanting to be filmed, yet powerless to stop the teacher from filming her and uploading it to You Tube
  29. 29. When the social and emotionalwell-being of the child becomesless important than the teachers’and schools’ desire to documentand share learning.
  30. 30. It’s time for a step back.
  31. 31. Our ResponsibilityTo protect children in the learning spaces wecontrol, that includes digital spaces.To respect students’ rights to privacy.To protect anonymity as students grow anddevelop under our supervision.To advocate for better privacy protections.
  32. 32. It’s time forStudent Digital Rights
  33. 33. Control Over Their Work
  34. 34. Privacy By Design
  35. 35. HWDSB Learning CommonsBlogging platform hosted in house. No analytics collected.
  36. 36. Where can students find information on their rights? • http://aclu- wa.org/student-rights- and-responsibilities- digital-age-guide-public- school-students- washington-state • Not much out there!
  37. 37. What recourse do students have?
  38. 38. How can students access and delete their personal data?
  39. 39. How do we continue to buildglobally connected classrooms and enjoy the opportunities that digital learning provides WHILE protecting the right to privacy that our children are entitled to ?
  40. 40. Links:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/technology/web-privacy-and-how-consumers-let-down-their-guard.html?ref=technology&_r=1&Cory Doctorow: Is it Time For a Privacy Revolution? http://blip.tv/alaoif/cory-doctorow-privacy-is-it-time-for-a-revolution-1087690 Important: how we conflate private and secrecyTwitter: @privacycamp #privacy @privacydigestStudents tracked through RFID http://www.pcworld.com/article/2011352/texas-school-uses-rfid-badges-to-track-student-locations.htmlElectronic Frontier Foundation: https://www.eff.org/issues/privacyCommon Sense Media: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators