A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

I take it as a given that thanks to online advertising and the rise of information brokers that we live in a time of extreme information asymmetry, a time in which the few tools available for individuals to give or withhold consent about personal information collection and analysis are insufficient to the task – if not under existential threat. Indeed, it is not hard to find examples in current events that substantiate this view (e.g., Equifax, Facebook, facial recognition, DACA, etc.).

And whether you are personally concerned about issues of privacy (perhaps because you believe you have nothing to hide), you should be concerned about the ability of even the most sophisticated technology company to keep the data collected about you secure. Data breaches happen with alarming frequency. It’s one thing to be blasé about what a company you’ve chosen to do business with might do with your personal information; it’s another thing altogether when the bad guys have stolen it.

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