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From: Dora Scilipoti
Subject: www/server/staging edtech-against-software-free...
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2021 17:42:26 -0500 (EST)

CVSROOT:        /web/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Dora Scilipoti <dora>   21/11/19 17:42:26

Added files:
        server/staging : edtech-against-software-freedom.html 

Log message:
        First draft for a new article as per www-discuss 11/18/21. The name of 
the page is indicative, as well as the position of the page withing the 
education directory.


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+<!--#include virtual="/server/header.html" -->
+<!-- Parent-Version: 1.96 -->
+<!-- This page is derived from /server/standards/boilerplate.html -->
+<!--#set var="DISABLE_TOP_ADDENDUM" value="yes" -->
+<title>Ed Tech Corporations Against Software Freedom
+- GNU Project - Free Software Foundation</title>
+<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/side-menu.css" media="screen" />
+<!--#include virtual="/server/gnun/initial-translations-list.html" -->
+<!--#include virtual="/server/banner.html" -->
+<div class="nav">
+<a id="side-menu-button" class="switch" href="#navlinks">
+ <img id="side-menu-icon" height="25" width="31"
+      src="/graphics/icons/side-menu.png"
+      title="Education Contents"
+      alt="&nbsp;[Education Contents]&nbsp;" />
+<p class="breadcrumb">
+ <a href="/"><img src="/graphics/icons/home.png" height="26" width="26"
+    alt="GNU Home" title="GNU Home" /></a>&nbsp;/
+ <a href="/education/education.html">Education</a>&nbsp;/
+ <a href="/education/education.html#edtech">Ed&nbsp;Tech</a>&nbsp;/</p>
+<!--#include virtual="/server/top-addendum.html" -->
+<div style="clear: both"></div>
+<div id="last-div" class="article reduced-width">
+<h2>Ed Tech Corporations Against Software Freedom</h2>
+<div class="article">
+<p>Tech corporations&nbsp;<a href="#note1" id="note1-rev">[1]</a> are taking 
+over the field of education by pushing their proprietary products into 
+educational institutions of all levels. Proprietary applications loaded with 
+malicious functionalities such as surveillance and collection of sensitive 
+personal data&mdash;among many others&mdash;are being imposed on schools' 
+staff, teachers, students, and even parents. With the rapid expansion of 
+online teaching, these proprietary educational technologies not only spread 
+dramatically across schools, but they went from the classroom to the home.</p>
+<p>Proprietary video conferencing software&mdash;as well as other programs
+used for communications between students and teachers, and some nonfree
+educational resources&mdash;are tethered to online dis-services that
+collect large amounts of personal data. The school may have to agree to
+the company's unjust terms of dis-service. The school, in turn, will
+typically force students to create an account on the dis-service, which
+includes agreeing to the terms.</p>
+<p>Nonfree Ed Tech fails to assist the learning process by forbidding
+students to study the programs they are required to use, thus opposing
+the very <a href="/education/edu-schools.html">nature and purpose of
+education</a>. It does not allow school administrators and teachers to
+safeguard students' rights by forbidding them to inspect the source code
+of the programs they run&nbsp;<a href="#note2" id="note2-rev">[2]</a>.  It 
+does not enable parents to make sure their children are protected from 
+surveillance, data collection, and other mistreatment by the owner of the 
+proprietary program.</p>
+<p>This is not to say that educational technology is a bad approach <i>per
+se</i>. The problem arises when the software used in Ed Tech is nonfree,
+meaning it denies students the rights that <a
+href="/philosophy/free-sw.html#four-freedoms">free software</a> grants
+all users.</p>
+<p><a href="/education/edu-team.html">Join us</a> in the fight against the
+use of nonfree software in schools.</p>
+<h3>Other text (written by RMS) that can be useful to complement the above 
+or for inspiration:</h3>
+<p>Edtech companies are already developing great power over the students
+in the schools where they operate, and it will get worse.  They use
+their surveillance power to manipulate students, and to direct students
+into tracks towards various levels of knowledge, power and prestige.</p>
+<p>They also structure their relationships so that they are never held 
+for the consequences.</p>
+<p>The article argues that these companies should need to have licenses
+to operate.  I am not against that, but I would go further.  I say
+that the data acquired in a school about any student must not leave
+the school's control: whatever computers it gets onto must belong to
+the school and run free software.  That way the school district and/or
+parents can control what it does with those data.</p>
+<h3 class="footnote">Eventual notes go here</h3>
+<li><a href="#note1-rev" id="note1">&#8593;</a> Text of note 1.</li>
+<li><a href="#note2-rev" id="note2">&#8593;</a> Text of note 2.</li>
+</div><!-- for id="content", starts in the include above -->
+<!--#include virtual="/education/education-menu.html" -->
+<!--#include virtual="/server/footer.html" -->
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+<p>Please send general FSF &amp; GNU inquiries to
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+There are also <a href="/contact/">other ways to contact</a>
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+<!--#include virtual="/server/bottom-notes.html" -->
+<p class="unprintable">Updated:
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+$Date: 2021/11/19 22:42:26 $
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