Policymakers Archive

Youth Perspectives on Tech in Schools: From Mobile Devices to Restrictions and Monitoring

May 10, 2017 | Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Youth Perspectives on Tech in Schools: From Mobile Devices to Restrictions and Monitoring

This research brief is a contribution by the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Center to its Student Privacy Initiative, which seeks to explore the opportunities and challenges that may arise as educational institutions adopt cloud computing technologies. In order to understand the implications of cloud services for student privacy more holistically, it might […]

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Student Privacy and Cloud Computing at the District Level: Next Steps and Key Issues

May 10, 2017 | Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Student Privacy and Cloud Computing at the District Level: Next Steps and Key Issues

This report offers recommended next steps and prioritizes open issues in the K-12 edtech space, with a special emphasis on two topics: (1) law and policy and (2) norms, values, attitudes, and practices, as well as an overarching eye to opportunities for collaboration. It builds from and reflects upon a conversation co-organized by the the […]

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May 10, 2017 | Berkman Center for Internet and Society

K-12 Edtech Cloud Service Inventory

This inventory aims to provide a more concrete survey of the kinds of cloud computing technologies adopted in the K-12 context. It groups services according to the rough functionality they afford, from those common to any organization (collaboration and identity management), through the administrative office (student information systems), to the classroom (learning management and classroom […]

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Integrating Approaches to Privacy across the Research Lifecycle: Long-term Longitudinal Studies

May 10, 2017 | Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Integrating Approaches to Privacy across the Research Lifecycle: Long-term Longitudinal Studies

This report discusses the defining features of long-term longitudinal studies and the associated challenges for researchers tasked with collecting and analyzing such data while protecting the privacy of human subjects. It also describes the disclosure risks and common legal and technical approaches currently used to manage confidentiality in longitudinal data. Finally, it identifies urgent problems […]

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Student Privacy & Data Security: A State Education Agency Discussion Framework

May 10, 2017 | Council of Chief State School Officers

Student Privacy & Data Security: A State Education Agency Discussion Framework

This resource is designed to assist chiefs and state education agency leadership in engaging in a robust and productive conversation within the agency. This guide should be used to support agency leadership in the use of data and technology in meeting their overall vision, mission, and goals.

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State Student Privacy Law Compendium

May 10, 2017 | Center for Democracy and Technology

State Student Privacy Law Compendium

CDT has developed a state-by-state compendium of privacy laws relating to the collection, use, and sharing of student data. The compendium summarizes key student data privacy laws for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compendium is accurate as of October 2016, though it may be missing certain laws or regulations. Certain definitions may […]

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Surveying Encryption Practices of Technology Used Within Schools

May 10, 2017 | Common Sense Education

Surveying Encryption Practices of Technology Used Within Schools

This study is a result of automated tests on 1,221 logins used by 1,128 vendors for technology used in schools and by youth. We surveyed login locations (login URLs) to assess the level of basic support for encryption. While our list of sites is not exhaustive, it is representative of websites from small developers, well-established companies, […]

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Five Ways Community Organizations Can Ensure Effective and Responsible Data Use

May 10, 2017 | Strive Together

Five Ways Community Organizations Can Ensure Effective and Responsible Data Use

Data informed decision-making is a central tenet of cradle to career collective impact efforts, neighborhood-based strategies, community schools initiatives, and other outcomes-focused community-based organizations. The ability of community organizations to access student-level data from schools is critical to understanding what is working and what actions are leading to improved outcomes. To ensure student protection and […]

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