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Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information

Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information
Open data—machine-readable information, particularly government data, that’s made available to others—has generated a great deal of excitement around the world for its potential to empower citizens, change how government works, and improve the delivery of public services. It may also generate significant economic value, according to a new McKinsey report. Our research suggests that seven sectors alone could generate more than $3 trillion a year in additional value as a result of open data, which is already giving rise to hundreds of entrepreneurial businesses and helping established companies to segment markets, define new products and services, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Podcast The open-data opportunity DownloadMGI’s Michael Chui discusses the economic potential of open data and how governments and businesses can unlock it. However, investments in technology and expertise are required to use the data effectively. Exhibit Enlarge About the authors

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Protecting student data in a digital world Across industries, data and advanced analytics are being used to personalize products and services, generate more impact at lower cost, and improve the user experience. Education is another field that stands to benefit from this trend: there is much evidence that data-fueled learning tools can dramatically improve student outcomes. The effective use of student data in K–12 schools—in fact, in most of the education system—is nascent, however. Schools, and in particular public schools, have limited budgets and may find it difficult to prioritize investment in data-driven tools and technologies. School systems are enormously complex, which can make it challenging to implement new programs.

Will Big Data Compromise Student Privacy? The recent debate over the NSA’s surveillance policies shows just how much Americans care about privacy—perhaps on an unprecedented scale. “This is the power of an informed public,” Edward Snowden wrote of Congress’s decision this month to limit the agency’s data-collecting power. “With each court victory, with every change in the law, we demonstrate facts are more convincing than fear.” But when it comes to the future of education in the United States, what if Americans’ privacy concerns are hindering the constructive use of data, from customized student learning to better teaching performance? That’s the tension behind a growing body of education research by private companies, academics, and nonprofits alike.

Blackboard Brain Drain: One third of executive team leaves in past 3 months -e-Literate In August 2013 Michael described Ray Henderson’s departure from an operational role at Blackboard. As of the end of 2014, Ray is no longer on the board of directors at Blackboard either. He is focusing on his board activity (including In The Telling, our partner for e-Literate TV) and helping with other ed tech companies. While Ray’s departure from the board did not come as a surprise to me, I have been noting the surprising number of other high-level departures from Blackboard recently.

The United States Now Needs To Be Part of Any Privacy Threat ModelPrivacy Online News When I was working in the European Parliament, there was one quote that stuck with me: “you’ll never see somebody’s own government listed among the threats to a customer’s privacy in their marketing material”. For all the companies out there wanting to “help” you with your own data – mail spam filters, big data processors, cloud services, and so on – there’s always a cleptocratic government lurking in the background and which is an utter and unacceptable threat to the security of that data. With the passage of the CISA in the United States last week, the bill that has been described as a “Patriot Act on Steroids” and which was dysfunctionally attached as a rider to a budget bill to prevent discussion or even attention, the United States government is now an adversary to worldwide privacy. (It always was, or at least has been since the 1970s, but now it apparently has discovered it’s getting away with it so well, it doesn’t care to even hide it anymore.)

Layoffs and reorganization at Blackboard Bill Flook, who covers the DC technology scene for Business Journals, just interviewed Blackboard CEO Jay Bhatt about last week’s layoff. The full article can be found here. From a quick read, it looks like Blackboard is executing on two key priorities:

Edward Snowden Explains How To Reclaim Your Privacy LAST MONTH, I met Edward Snowden in a hotel in central Moscow, just blocks away from Red Square. It was the first time we’d met in person; he first emailed me nearly two years earlier, and we eventually created an encrypted channel to journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, to whom Snowden would disclose overreaching mass surveillance by the National Security Agency and its British equivalent, GCHQ. This time around, Snowden’s anonymity was gone; the world knew who he was, much of what he’d leaked, and that he’d been living in exile in Moscow, where he’s been stranded ever since the State Department canceled his passport while he was en route to Latin America. His situation was more stable, the threats against him a bit easier to predict. So I approached my 2015 Snowden meeting with less paranoia than was warranted in 2013, and with a little more attention to physical security, since this time our communications would not be confined to the internet. Eventually, Snowden appeared.

Pearson and Google Jump Into Learning Management With a New, Free System One of the world’s biggest education publishers has joined with one of the most dominant and iconic software companies on the planet to bring colleges a new—and free—learning-management system with the hopes of upending services that affect just about every instructor, student, and college in the country. Today Pearson, the publishing and learning technology group, has teamed up with the software giant Google to launch OpenClass, a free LMS that combines standard course-management tools with advanced social networking and community-building, and an open architecture that allows instructors to import whatever material they want, from e-books to YouTube videos. The program will launch through Google Apps for Education, a very popular e-mail, calendar, and document-sharing service that has more than 1,000 higher-education customers, and it will be hosted by Pearson with the intent of freeing institutions from the burden of providing resources to run it. Mr. Still, Mr.

Google, a ‘school official?’ This regulatory quirk can leave parents in the dark. The new Google logo is displayed at the Google headquarters on Sept. 2, 2015 in Mountain View, Calif. . (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Google is a major player in U.S. education. Providence Equity Jim Eisenstein is an operating partner of Providence and currently chairman and chief executive officer of Grupo TorreSur (GTS), a Latin American focused wireless tower company. Formed in October 2010, GTS is the largest independent wireless tower company in Brazil, owning and operating over 6,000 towers throughout the country (pro forma for pending acquisitions). Prior to co-founding GTS, Mr. Eisenstein was chairman and chief executive officer of Optasite Holding Company, Inc.

Google to offer free ‘Blackboard’ 14 oktober 2011 - Pearson, a major player in the academic books market, joins forces with Google to create a new, cost-free interactive learning environment called OpenClass. Are Blackboard’s days numbered? Google dominates a number of industries: having started as a search engine, it has expanded its reach to mobile phone software, navigation solutions, and email services. In a recent endeavor to compete with Facebook's social media platform, it launched Google+. Now, Google wants to join forces with Pearson , one of the biggest academic book publishers, to take on another "giant" - this time in academic learning environments: Blackboard.

Jonathan M. Nelson Jonathan Nelson (born 1956) is an American businessman and investor. He is the founder of Providence Equity Partners, a global private equity firm based in Providence, Rhode Island, which manages funds with US$40 billion in commitments.[2][3] Early Life and Education[edit] Blackboard Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering of Common Stock Washington -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) announced today that its initial public offering of 5,500,000 shares of common stock has been priced at $14.00 per share. Blackboard has agreed to sell 3,650,000 shares, and its selling stockholders have agreed to sell 1,850,000 shares. In addition, Blackboard and its selling stockholders have granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 825,000 shares to cover over-allotments, if any, of which the first 401,062 shares would be sold by the selling stockholders and the remaining 423,938 shares would be sold by Blackboard.