EP 10 Series Finale: Does the rush to adopt edtech impact the urgency of protecting privacy?

By Claudiu Popa

In this exclusive 10-part series, cybersafety educator and author Claudiu Popa, founder of the KnowledgeFlow Foundation invites an exceptional group of special guests to take part in grounded discussions on the promise and myth of edtech, from the original intentions to catalyze learning through technology to the privacy-invasive practices that may impact generations of students across Canada and the United States. Packed full of cybersecurity examples, amusing anecdotes, relevant advice and intellectual ammunition, the unmissable CybersecurED series is aimed at educators, parents and administrators who truly care about maximizing the potential and safety of educational technology in the modern classroom. Truly a show for everyone!

The relentless race to adopt education technology has only accelerated with the current crisis. In this exceptional episode, we spoke with legal and policy experts from both sides of the border and discussed some of the most important privacy questions of our time. From the need to demonstrate value out of edtech modernization, to the opportunities presented to politicians, we are at a crossroads, or perhaps an inflection point, in our adoption of responsible, privacy-protective practices in public education.

We are joined by Valerie Steeves and Jane Bailey, from the University of Ottawa and founders of the eQuality Project; and by Chad Marlow, Senior Advocacy and Policy Counsel at the ACLU.