Protecting student privacy in the age of facial recognition and AI


Protecting student privacy in the age of facial recognition and AI By Mandy Chan | February 28, 2020 When we share photos publicly via social media, are we inadvertently giving up our student's identity and personal right to privacy? Recent media coverage on Clearview is just an example of what we can expect of more to come. Two revelations are particularly troubling: 1) Clearview has amassed billions of photos scraped from major photo sharing sites such as Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and others, and 2) Clearview’s face recognition technology is eliminating public anonymity because it’s enabling anyone to snap a [...]

Protecting student privacy in the age of facial recognition and AI2020-02-28T09:44:51+00:00

Top 3 Takeaways from ATLIS 2019


Top 3 Takeaways from ATLIS 2019 By Drew Millikin | April 23, 2019 Three days in Dallas with hundreds of tech-minded educators? We're in! This year, I had the chance to attend the ATLIS annual conference for the first time, along with our Vidigami Pros; Mandy Chan (Founder and President), Naz Madani (Head of Service Operations) and Daman Arora (Customer Success Manager). Check out the team’s takeaways from last year’s conference. Held last week in Dallas from April 14-17, ATLIS was a hotplate for the independent school technology community, bringing together more than 500 independent school technology professionals, including more [...]

Top 3 Takeaways from ATLIS 20192019-04-23T17:01:35+00:00

Access to Photos on School iPads?


Access to Photos on School iPads? 3 considerations for user and content access in school-issued devices. By Bill Miles | April 16, 2019 Earlier this week, the New Haven Register (CT) reported that a parent from one of the Hamden Public Schools raised privacy concerns when she learned that her child had access to hundreds of shared photos of students across the district within a school-issued iPad. Read the full story. According to the article, some of the school-issued iPads had photo sharing enabled for certain folders, with access to photos taken by the school of various students and school [...]

Access to Photos on School iPads?2019-04-16T13:22:22+00:00

The Deal with 'De-anonymizing'


The Deal with 'De-anonymizing' By Drew Millikin | March 27, 2019 There was a fascinating segment on NPR’s Weekend Edition recently about ‘de-anonymization’, or, exposing individual’s identities out in public using Google. Professor Kate Klonick at St. John’s University Law School challenged her students to use Google to identify strangers based solely on what they see or overhear in public. According to Professor Klonick, her students were often able to do so in just minutes. It’s a short segment, but definitely worth a listen: This really got me thinking. One of the feelings I often get from schools is [...]

The Deal with 'De-anonymizing'2019-03-27T11:02:02+00:00

2 Questions to Ask Before Adopting Yet Another Social Platform


2 Questions to Ask Before Adopting Yet Another Social Platform By Drew Millikin | March 27, 2019 I started my journey in education back in 2004, when I was working for the admissions office at Saint Michael’s College. Ever since, I’ve had my hand in marketing and the EdTech world. Now, I am a self-described social media hang-a-rounder. I distinctly remember when Facebook opened to schools outside of the Ivy League sphere in 2004, and, when the first iPhone came out in 2007. It wasn’t long after the latter when it started to feel like everyone had some sort of [...]

2 Questions to Ask Before Adopting Yet Another Social Platform2019-03-27T10:26:07+00:00

"Why School MarCom People Are Overworked" – What We Think.


"Why School MarCom People Are Overworked" - What We Think. By Drew Millikin | March 15, 2019 A great post from InspirED (Why School Marcom People are Overworked) recently got me thinking. Yes, marketing and communications offices are totally understaffed compared to their primary on-campus customers, Admissions and Development Offices. But, not only are they understaffed, but the roles and demands of the office have grown exponentially as well. As Rob notes in the piece, “As the responsibilities of the MarCom department have grown to include not only the traditional work for the departments of admissions, development and alumni relations but also website content, [...]

"Why School MarCom People Are Overworked" – What We Think.2019-03-15T17:13:43+00:00

Louisiana’s Student Data Privacy Law


Louisiana’s Student Data Privacy Law: A Look Into The Future of What Student Data Privacy Laws Will Look Like In Your State. By Bill Miles | March 12, 2019 In 2014, Louisiana passed the nation’s strictest Student Data Privacy Law (L.A.R.S 17:3914 (Act 837 of 2014)). In passing this, Louisiana lawmakers were responding to parent concerns as to how the state and federal government as well as researchers were using student data. Not only does the law broadly define personally identifiable data but it also includes strict penalties such as fines and jail time if a teacher or administrator violates [...]

Louisiana’s Student Data Privacy Law2019-03-12T15:33:44+00:00

Is It The End of Open Social Networks for Schools?


Is It The End of Open Social Networks for Schools? By Bill Miles | March 8, 2019 Mark Zuckerberg’s recent blog post regarding Facebook’s commitment to move away from an open social platform to smaller, private networks has opened up a lot of questions for schools. One of the big whether schools should still be using open social platforms any longer, such as Facebook, Flickr, Instagram...among many others. In our previous blogs, we’ve mentioned time and time again: when dealing with personal information of students and staff, especially in the form of photos and videos, schools need to stop [...]

Is It The End of Open Social Networks for Schools?2019-03-11T06:00:44+00:00

Has Facebook Finally Come Clean?


Has Facebook Finally Come Clean? By Drew Millikin | March 7, 2019 According to a new report from the Washington Post, Facebook has stated that it will now begin shift its focus. What started as a global social network where users can communicate to large audiences is now gearing up to become a collective of smaller, more intimate groups, where content and conversations are: Shared in a more private and immediate way, and, Information may possibly disappear over time (similar to Snapchat). Along with this shift, Facebook promises to put greater emphasis into protecting is user data through encryption. The [...]

Has Facebook Finally Come Clean?2019-03-07T15:00:33+00:00

Top Takeaways from NAISAC 2019


Top Takeaways from NAISAC 2019 By Drew Millikin | March 5, 2019 Last week, over 2,500 educators around the globe convened in Long Beach, California for the 2019 NAIS Annual Conference. This year’s theme was Reimagining Independent Schools: Tearing Down Walls, Building Capacity, and Designing our Future. There were dozens of sessions summarizing what the schools of the future will look like, how their students will learn, and what crucial skills employers will be looking for in graduates. It was also exciting to hear from Academy Award Winner, Viola Davis, during the opening keynote! Here is a recent video of [...]

Top Takeaways from NAISAC 20192019-03-05T15:53:18+00:00