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Schools and Student Data Privacy: Needs Improvement

Thursday, February 6, 2014
4:30 pm


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Schools across the country are rapidly adopting new technological tools and cloud services to support their educational missions. To use these online services, schools transfer large quantities of student personal data including transcript information, homework essays, lunchroom purchases and even student weight to third party providers. What can the providers do with the student information? Does the law protect the privacy of the data? Do school districts assure the protection of the data they transfer or is student privacy lost in the cloud? Join CITP’s visiting professor and two key stakeholders for a disconcerting look at the state of privacy protection and a positive look at possible future solutions.

Welcome speaker:
Cecilia E. Rouse, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School. Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education. Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.

Joel R. Reidenberg, Microsoft Visiting Professor of Information Technology Policy, CITP, Princeton University

Steve Mutkoski, World Wide Policy Director, Microsoft
Kenneth Mitchell, Ed.D., Superintendent, South Orangetown Central School District, New York; Chair, Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents


Joel Reidenberg is CITP’s inaugural Microsoft Visiting Professor of Information Technology Policy. Professor Joel Reidenberg of Fordham Law School is a leading international scholar in internet law, privacy, and cybersecurity. While visiting, he will collaborate on research with the CITP community and teach an undergraduate course on internet law and policy. At Fordham he holds the Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair, and he is the Founding Academic Director of the Center on Law and Information Policy. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth, J.D from Columbia and Ph.D from the Universite de Paris-Sorbonne.

Ken Mitchell has been an educator in New York State for almost 37 years. A former high school English teacher and long-time principal in Chappaqua, he also served as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Bedford and is now the superintendent in South Orangetown in Rockland County.

Ken is the current president of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents and a delegate to the New York State Council of School Superintendents. He has been an outspoken critic on the ways in which the current school reform agenda is being fast tracked without sufficient time, resources, or research.

Steve Mutkoski is a Government Policy Director, supporting Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector group on technology policy issues and is based in the company headquarters in Redmond, WA. Steve develops and advocates for company positions on a range of policy issues relating to Cloud Computing (including privacy, security, data sovereignty, interoperability and standards), intellectual property and standards, as well as issues related to the broad role that ICT plays in economic development around the world. Steve has held several other positions in the Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs Department since joining in 2001, including one where he managed Microsoft’s government affairs teams for the APAC region.