EFF Accelerates the Privacy Panic Cycle for EdTech

Alan McQuinn December 18, 2015
December 18, 2015

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's recently launched “Spying on Students” campaign highlights a phenomenon known as the privacy panic cycle, writes Alan McQuinn in Innovation Files. The cycle occurs when advocacy groups make increasingly alarmist claims about the privacy implications of a new technology, until these fears spread through the news media to policymakers and the public. Over time, these concerns will fade as the public becomes familiar with EdTech and see that there is little to fear from the technology. But getting over these initial fears is often a slow process, and it is not without its costs.