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InBloom Presentation-12 18 13-Hudson Valley Community College

InBloom Presentation-12 18 13-Hudson Valley Community College

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On the threat to student privacy and safety represented by inBloom, Inc.
Common Core forum
Hudson Valley Community College
 
December 18, 2013
 
inBloom Inc. is a non-profit corporation funded by $100M from the Gates Foundation to collect and share personally identifiable student data with
vendors.
The information is being uploaded onto a cloud operated by Amazon.com.
In NY State, districts have been told they must sign up for “data dashboards” from three vendors,
ConnectEDU, eScholar or NCS Pearson/Schoolnet, populated with student data from inBloom cloud.
inBloom plans to commercialize this sensitive data, with state & district
consent, and provide it to additional for-profit vendors, to help them develop
and market
their “learning products.”
Wireless
Generation/Amplify, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s
NewsCorp, is building
inBloom’s
 operating system.
What is inBloom Inc.?
 
inBloom Timeline
May 5, 2011:
 NYSED sends letter to the State Comptroller , asking approval of a $27 million no-bid contract with Wireless Generation, to build
state’s longitudinal student data
system
June 8, 2011:
 Daily News breaks the story of this proposed contract. Controversy ensues, primarily as a result of conflict of interest, as 6 months before, Wireless bought
by Murdoch’s
News Corporation, just days after Joel Klein announced he would resign from DOE to work at the company.
July 2011:
 News Corp engulfed in a huge scandal, including allegations that its newspapers in the UK engaged in phone hacking. Several advocacy groups & NY state legislators urge State Comptroller to reject contract based on privacy concerns.
Aug 25, 2011:
 NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli rejects contract:
in light of the significant ongoing investigations and continuing revelations with respect to News
Corporation, we are returning the contract with Wireless Generation unapproved 
.” 
 
December 13, 2011:
 
the NY Board of Regents approves NYSED’s plan to share student
data with Shared Learning Collaborative LLC, with an operating system built by Wireless for $44 million. Contract bypasses State & City Comptroller because no funds initially change hands.

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