Public education, platformization and cooperative responsibility: the case of the Privacy Covenant in the Netherlands

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Abstract

Platformization increasingly changes educational pedagogies, policies, gov-ernance, financing, and the role of teachers in public education. As such, platforms start to play a vital role in the realization of the values and socie-tal goals of public education. Platform governance typically focuses on the responsibility of one actor. Cooperative responsibility argues that instead, platform governance should be the result of the dynamic interaction and al-location of responsibilities between platforms and users, supported by a le-gal and policy framework created by state institutions. Qualitative inter-views into the construction of the Privacy Covenant for public education in the Netherlands are used as a case to investigate cooperative responsibility ‘on the ground’. The findings show that the Privacy Covenant has func-tioned as a driving force for strengthening data protection. The public edu-cation sector organizes themselves, and extensively cooperates with both state institutions and platform companies in order to improve data protec-tion. Many of these stakeholders take more responsibility in protecting the privacy of children and keep on collaborating for the ongoing improvement of data protection. In this collaboration, schools should take into account an observed diversity in platforms which influences the distribution of re-sponsibilities between them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrivacy and Identity Management. Between Data Protection and Security
Subtitle of host publication16th IFIP WG 9.2, 9.6/11.7, 11.6/SIG 9.2.2 International Summer School, Privacy and Identity 2021, Virtual Event, August 16–20, 2021, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsStefan Schiffner, Ina Schiering, Stephan Krenn, Michael Friedewald
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages180-194
Number of pages15
Volume644
ISBN (Print)9783030990992
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022
Event16th IFIP WG 9.2, 9.6/11.7, 11.6/SIG 9.2.2 International Summer School, Privacy and Identity 2021 - Virtual Event
Duration: 16 Aug 202120 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer International Publishing

Conference

Conference16th IFIP WG 9.2, 9.6/11.7, 11.6/SIG 9.2.2 International Summer School, Privacy and Identity 2021
Period16/08/2120/08/21

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The government, the third and last group of stakeholders involved, includes the Ministries of Education, Culture and Science (OCW)16 and Economic Affairs (EZ)17, Kennisnet18 and the Dutch Data Protection Authority19. The government takes its responsibility by for example implementing data protection law. It also supports schools directly through facilitating and stimulating the Privacy Covenant and data protection in general via Kennisnet that is publicly funded by the government. The government also cooperates with the education sector in conducting DPIAs like the one on Microsoft products, and through the publicly funded Rathenau Institute20 which cooperates for example with the education sector in the construction of the ‘value framework’.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, IFIP International Federation for Information Processing.

Copyright:
Copyright 2022 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Cooperative responsibility; data protection; platformization; public education
  • Data protection
  • Platformisation
  • Public education

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