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Virtual Classrooms and Real Harms: Remote Learning at US Universities

Shaanan Cohney, Ross Teixeira, Anne Kohlbrenner, Arvind Narayanan, Mihir Kshirsagar, Yan Shvartzshnaider, Madelyn Sanfilippo

PROCEEDINGS OF THE SEVENTEENTH SYMPOSIUM ON USABLE PRIVACY AND SECURITY (SOUPS 2021) | USENIX ASSOC | Published : 2021

Abstract

Universities have been forced to rely on remote educational technology to facilitate the rapid shift to online learning. In doing so, they acquire new risks of security vulnerabilities and privacy violations. To help universities navigate this landscape,we develop a model that describes the actors, incentives, and risks, informed by surveying 49 instructors and 14 administrators at U.S. universities. Next, we develop a methodology for administrators to assess security and privacy risks of these products. We then conduct a privacy and security analysis of 23 popular platforms using a combination of sociological analyses of privacy policies and 129 state laws, alongside a technical assessment ..

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