Consultancy on uses of education technology
Privacy International (PI) has been exploring public-private partnerships around the world. As a part of PI’s programme challenging government surveillance overreach, we have been looking at government procurement and outsourcing of data intensive systems to perform public functions – and as such are interested in the kinds of technology used in schools that capture student data – from Proctorio to Google Classroom.
Purpose of the Consultancy
The aim of this research is to give our public-private partnerships project a greater understanding of what already exists and is on offer in educational technologies, what systems are used by various schools, how their use is regulated, and therefore what is persistently missing or inadequate.
The purpose of the consultancy would be to identify:
- International law or standards that apply to EdTech, for example human rights standards, data protections standards etc including those from international bodies such as Unicef, and other UN bodies etc
- Identify three countries to look into in greater detail representing a balanced geographic spread including India and ideally excluding the US:
- Existing policies and/or standards for educational technology (EdTech) procurement for schools at a national or regional level
- National human rights and data protection standards or laws that apply to EdTech, for example human rights standards, data protection standards etc
- The procedures, standards, and policies that govern the use of EdTech solutions at a national or regional level
- Identify some specific worst practices by writing up 2-3 case studies on specific examples within these countries
A note – where we say EdTech we mean technology that could be for use in teaching, behaviour management, or for broader school administration, as long as it involves processing of children’s data in some sense.
The aim of the research is to serve as a high-quality internal resource for PI to inform our strategy and frame future research and engagement in this area, and to support our on-going work.
The consultant will have an understanding of government procurement processes generally or the use of education technologies, and will have international research experience. They will have a background in research, law/policy, or technology and have a demonstrable ability to collect, interpret, and summarize policy from a wide variety of resources and present as well as report on specific case-studies.
- The consultant shall ensure that only clearly lawful methods of research are used.
- The consultant shall provide documentation and/or references to support your analyses which can be verified by PI.
- The consultant shall ensure that any information obtained from fee-based online databases is done so in line with the database’s terms of service.
Specific Tasks to be Performed by the Consultant
- Map open source information about existing standards that govern the use of technology in schools, with a particular focus on the existence or non-existence of references to data, privacy, or security
- Map 3 case studies looking at implementation at a national level, ideally representing a balanced geographical spread and preferably excluding the US and including India.
Outputs, Timelines, and Renumeration
Two completed, comprehensive memos that are based on primary research and analysis are to be delivered by 1 October 2021 (at the latest) as per a schedule of deliverables to be agreed between PI and the selected consultant. All the data and evidence mentioned in the memos should be free to publicly use without constraints.
The consultancy is expected to last a maximum total of 20 days. Remuneration is £200 per day, and the total fee to be awarded shall not exceed £4,000.