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The State of Data 2020

The event will accompany the launch of our report The State of Data 2020: mapping the data landscape in England’s state education system.  

We will bring together a range of content and discussion for practitioners in education and data protection, senior leadership and DPOs, local authority staff, developers, vendors and the edTech community, academics and activists, policy advisors and politicians — addressing questions and answers across silos. We need to start a conversation about changing policy and practice when it comes to children’s data rights in education.

These pre-recorded talks and panel discussions from independent experts in their field, pick up on the key topics of our report.

Each session will be free and open access to all. To be open to all, we have no ticket price but we welcome donations. We are grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for support of this event.

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Welcome from defenddigitalme
Jen Persson, defenddigitalme
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Panel discussion | 2020 Vision: Algorithms in Exams, Education, and other Public Services
Panel Moderator: Jen Persson, defenddigitalme Panelists: Martha Dark, Foxglove Legal Curtis Parfitt-Ford, A-level Student Jhanelle White, University Student
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Datafied Public Services: Politics and policy (and algorithms)
Joanna Redden, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University
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Views from a young developer
Andreea Giurgiu Teens-In-AI developer
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Youth Questions for Policy Makers
The Warren Youth Group | Voices from Hull and Helsinki
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Children’s Data and Privacy Online
Sonia Livingstone, Professor, Department of Media and Communications, LSE
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Our life online and online privacy
The Warren Youth Group | panel
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Tik Tok, Shadow Banning, and Disability: the issues with social media, data, and online safety
Elizabeth Wright, speaker, writer, disability activist and consultant, and a Paralympic Medalist
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Exclusions in education: more than the data
Nadine Bernard, Headteacher
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Critical issues and new directions in big data and AI in education
Ben Williamson, Chancellor’s Fellow in the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh
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Panel discussion | AI, Algorithms and Analytics in Public Services
Panel Moderator: Ivana Bartoletti, Women-leading-in-AI | Panelists: Godfred Boahen, BASW and Joanna Redden, Assistant Professor Western University
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Where do your school records go?
Opening session with short animation from defenddigitalme
Jen  Persson
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A rapid response in the COVID-19 crisis
Neil Selwyn, Distinguished Research Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University
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A digital future for further education and skills
Bob Harrison
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Safeguarding in schools Q&A panel
Moderator: Ann Marie Christian | Panelists: Ailidh Callander, Georg Ell CEO, Smoothwall, Leo Ratledge CRIN
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Life through a Lens
Emmeline Taylor, Associate Professor in Criminology at City, University of London
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Analysing the past, present and future uses of biometric technology in the education sector
Pippa King, founder, Biometrics-in-Schools 
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edTech Movers and Shakers: a look behind the big business of edTech
Ed Tranham, founder and editor of The Assignment Report
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Distance Learning Reflections
Bukky Yusuf, Teacher and ambassador for Leadership Matters in a personal capacity
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Playful dataveillance: Unpacking Google’s Edtech strategy through the Pioneer project
Zoetanya Sujon, Programme Director, Communications and Media programme at LCC, University of the Arts London
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Enforcement in education: The state of GDPR across the EU so far
Nani Jansen Reventlow, Director Digital Freedom Fund, Lecturer in Law Columbia Law School, Adjunct Professor Oxford University Blavatnik School of Govt.
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Highlights from the State of Data 2020 report
Jen Persson, Director, defenddigitalme
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