Over at the Times, they had an end-of-the year wrap-up for their "Education Lab" adventure with the Gates Foundation. They ask the question, "What else would you like to see Education Lab tackle in the coming year?"
How about truthfulness about your venture?
You would think a joint venture with OSPI accessing and using SPS student data to write stories would be a major story for them. And yet, there was not a single story about it. Again, almost like it isn't happening.
It's very hard to take them seriously (and so I don't).
Did I mention that yet another data security breech happened in our country? That would be Snapchat which is particularly popular with teens. Hackers posted over four million of its users phone numbers. From the Mercury News:
But pilfered phone
numbers can cause broader problems. By combining them and usernames with
databases of commonly used passwords or other information, experts
warn, hackers can sometimes steal consumer identities and access their
"This vulnerability could hypothetically be
used to stalk members of society -- such as public figures -- or the
data could even be sold to various firms, with the intent of using it
and other data to connect online profiles to people in real life,"
according to the Gibson Security warning about Snapchat's problems.
It's back to school on Monday and I'll have a separate thread on why every single Board meeting needs to feature at least one speaker on the public testimony list talking about SPS student data privacy. SPS is upset about this one-upmanship from OSPI. I recall Director McLaren kind of lightheartedly saying they could put off this topic until "the spring." I would think she may not feel that way now but we'll see.
What's on your mind?