[kictanet] Fwd: [Internet Policy] Privacy and Learning Platforms

Kathy Mwai kathymwai at gmail.com
Thu Sep 16 10:31:30 EAT 2021

Hello Barrack,

This piqued my interest because we have recently partnered with a local LMS
provider to provide an internal learning platform to our clients (well,
they'll host their courses on our platform and then their staff access it
through our website). But there's close to nil user data that we are
collecting, as we issue them with user codes to access the platform. And so
I don't see how LMS's could be compared with data harvesting by Facebook et
al? I don't recall now what data I provided at Udemy for example but surely
it must have just been first name, last name and email address?



On Thu, 16 Sept 2021 at 09:40, Barrack Otieno via KICTANet <
kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Listers,
> Might be of interest even as we look forwad to the conversation during the
> Kenya IGF week.
> Thank you
> Best Regards
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Winthrop Yu via InternetPolicy <internetpolicy at elists.isoc.org>
> Date: Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 8:47 AM
> Subject: [Internet Policy] Privacy and Learning Platforms
> To: internetpolicy at elists.isoc.org <internetpolicy at elists.isoc.org>
> While everyone is looking at Facebook et al. ... has there been any
> oversight or concern over data harvesting by Learning Platforms (LMS)?
> Obviously, students, teachers, and other stakeholders have hardly any say
> in the matter.
> https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13562517.2020.1739641
> "We conclude that institutions of higher education are currently
> ill-equipped to protect students and faculty required to use the Canvas
> Instructure LMS from data harvesting or exploitation.
> We challenge inevitability narratives and call for greater public
> awareness concerning the use of predictive analytics, impacts of
> algorithmic bias, need for algorithmic transparency, and enactment of
> ethical and legal protections for users who are required to use such
> software platforms."
> WYn
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