It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

Reading two short notes on Letters to Editors in New York Times, made me think of this line from Charles Dickens. Both NYT readers were responding to an article about a classroom real time digital scoring broad which allows teacher to encourage or discourage kids behavior. 

The supporter relied on macro statistics “1.2M student drop out” and “make it easier for teachers to engage students and build the excitement that powers academic results”.

On the other hand, the opponent worries such psychological punishment is “a way to squash the child’s developing independence “. Also, he condemns the uses of data for non-educational and profit making business.

It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.

Something new was happening.It came suddenly and things would never be the same. I had been in the IT security for fifteen years and never could have envisioned what was occurring. It seemed that everywhere you looked, behaviour data & analytic was being talked about.

Now behaviour data & analytic is commonplace, plastered all through-out reading materials that our management team pays close attention to. Gone are the days when you need to tirelessly convince management that there may be some business benefit for deploying a data protection strategy.

A constant barrage of data privacy concerns has been witnessed by the  world through the news media. The stories never stop coming. Just in 2014 there were several significant data breaches caused by human error or blamed on climate change.



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