Digital technology is an increasingly commonplace part of our modern lives, including in education. While this is not always a bad thing – particularly in the midst of a pandemic that has at times prevented face-to-face teaching – there are drawbacks and important points to consider. Perhaps chief among these is the issue of privacy and security. This issue, and others adjacent to it, have become increasingly pertinent as digital technology has done similarly and given the pandemic, education specifically is now a key area when it comes to digital privacy and security
The e-Privacing project aims to address these issues by creating a set of tools that can help educators, students, parents, and other educational authorities understand the risks that are posed by such digital platforms and take action to prevent and remedy them. Through an international consortium of partners, the e-Privacing project will produce an e-Privacing guide, an online portal to access project materials, and an Academy through which users can discuss and share their experiences with project materials and related issues.
The project has the following objectives:
- Encouraging and enhancing the safety, security, and accessibility of digital technologies in educational practice in Europe
- Helping protect the fundamental rights – particularly to privacy and personal data – of individuals, especially in education
- Helping enhance teachers’ initial education and continuous professional development
- Creating guides, and online portal, and an e-Privacing Academy constituting a community of practitioners to share knowledge and experience