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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on Aug. 1, 2009:

Parents teach their children to be safe by not sharing personal information on the Web. Likewise, the U. S. Justice Department advises individuals to be “stingy” in sharing and to adopt a “need to know” approach. In contrast, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper announced in early July he is talking with Palantir Technologies to develop a huge database for Denver. With no apparent clearer goal than to better help Denver school children, parents and children are to surrender their privacy. Their information would be shared within the city, the school district and possibly nonprofit entities.

Some children may benefit from teachers, social workers and the like turning to the computer rather than to them or their parents. However, children across the board will lose. Their data, errors and all, will be available for individuals to analyze and in other ways act like all-knowing beings peering in and poking around. Lives of children and their families will become an open book.

The same lure of free money and “help” attracting Hickenlooper hangs over local communities and school districts. They may have the same luck as Denver with the database. Palantir Technologies, the developer, plans to make it a donation. Additionally, the database may help school districts catch some of the $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund, the largest K-12 education reform discretionary pot in our country’s history. Unfortunately, these funds hook us into a more national K-12 educational system, a move we should disdain in favor of local control.

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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