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Information We Collect: Surveillance and Privacy in the Implementation of Google Apps for Education
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
2016 (English)In: European Educational Research Journal (online), ISSN 1474-9041, E-ISSN 1474-9041, 1-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to show how Google’s business model is concealed within Google Apps forEducation (GAFE) as well as how such a bundle is perceived within one educational organisation,consisting of approximately 30 schools. The study consists of two parts: 1) a rhetorical analysisof Google policy documents and 2) an interview study in a Swedish educational organisation.By making an implicit demarcation between the two concepts (your) ‘data’ and (collected)‘information’ Google can disguise the presence of a business model for online marketing and, atthe same time, simulate the practices and ethics of a free public service institution. This makesit problematic for Swedish schools to implement Google Apps for Education, bearing in mindGoogle’s surveillance practices for making profits on pupil’s algorithmic identities. From a frontend viewpoint of Google Apps for Education, the advantages of the services are evident to theusers, and emerge in the study, whereas back end strategies are relatively hidden.

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2016. 1-20 p.
Keyword [en]
Cloud computing, algorithmic identities, Google Apps for Education (GAFE), privacy, surveillance economy
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Information Studies
Research subject
Bussiness and IT; Library and Information Science; Teacher Education and Education Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-10709DOI: 10.1177/1474904116654917OAI: diva2:971568
PhD thesis

Published online before print June 27, 2016

Available from: 2016-09-16 Created: 2016-09-16 Last updated: 2016-09-16Bibliographically approved

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