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points | 06.13.16

Real Life Harms of Student Data: Moving Beyond the Hypothetical

Mikaela Pitcan

In this Points piece “Real Life Harms of Student Data,” D&S researcher Mikaela Pitcan argues that assessing real harms connected with student data forces us to acknowledge the mundane, human causes.  And she asks: “What do we do now?”

“Overall, cases where student data has led to harms aren’t about data per se, but about the way that people interact with the data…

…accidental data leaks, data being hacked, data being lost, school officials using off-campus information for discipline, oversight in planning for data handling when companies are sold, and faulty data and data systems resulting in negative outcomes. Let’s break it down.”

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