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Privacy and the Digital Student

School districts across the country have embraced education technology (“EdTech”) as a means for enhancing school operations and classroom instruction. While the practice of collecting student data is not new – K-12 schools and institutions of higher education have been gathering and reporting test scores, grades, retention records, and the like for years – the means by which student…

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Everybody Dies: How to Preserve Your Digital Legacy

Now everyone has exhaustive and detailed records of our lives in our emails, chats, social media posts, and more. In the not too distant future, we may be able to upload our digital lives to black boxes that write our biographies. If you care about your digital life after death – and the sanity of those that will be tasked with managing it – you should take control of your digital destiny now. Here are our tips and resources for managing your digital estate.

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CDT Supports Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015

The Center for Democracy & Technology enthusiastically supports the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, introduced by Congressman Luke Messer (R-Ind.) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on April 29th. EdTech is an integral component of classroom instruction across the country; the Obama Administration and numerous state school systems have prioritized connecting classrooms to the internet in recent years….

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Health Big Data in the Commercial Context

This paper is the third in a series of three, each of which explores health big data in a different context. The first — on health big data in the government context — is available here, and the second — on health big data in the clinical context — is available here. Consumers are increasingly using mobile phone…

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Health Big Data in the Clinical Context

This paper is the second in a series of three, each of which explores health big data in a different context. The first — on health big data in the government context — is available here, and the third — on health big data in the commercial context — is available here. The health care industry, like other sectors, faces exciting new…

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Health Big Data in the Government Context

This paper is the first in a series of three, each of which explores health big data in a different context. The second — on health big data in the clinical context — is available here, and the third — on health big data in the commercial context — is available here. Data-driven and information-based systems have quickly become…

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Digital Decisions: Building Trust in Algorithms

Sophisticated statistical analysis is a pillar of decision making in the 21st Century, including employment, lending, and policing. Automated systems also mediate our access to information and community through search results and social media. These technologies are pivotal to day-to-day life, but the processes that govern them are not transparent.

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