TLPC: Privacy and Education in a Social Environment

Data protection has been a fundamental right since 1970 and it is getting more and more important with advances in technology. Without an effective data protection framework many crucial aspects of a democratic society such as the right to have a private life, freedom of speech, presumption of innocence, and human dignity in general would be at stake. From that perspective, all democratic countries have implemented an effective data protection legal framework. Besides that, United Nations, European Council, European Union, OECD, APEC and many other international bodies issued declarations regarding privacy and data protection. In Turkey, Personal Data Protection Law was recently published in the Official Gazette and came into force as of April 7, 2016.

There are large scale IT projects in Turkey especially regarding the education sector. Among those, FATIH project is getting attention worldwide. With FATIH project, it is expected that every student will have a tablet computer in the near future, and the whole education system will be computerized. IT revolution is important for turkey in order to have a more effective Education System. However, we believe that there is not much investment in assesing the privacy impact of using IT technology in education though such large scale projects with centralized data storage systems. In fact data protection in education is still a topic of discussion in academia. The aim of this conference is to create a platform to discuss the current status in Turkey regarding data privacy with special focus on Education Sector. We plan to discuss the current status in the world and in Turkey with participation form government institutions, private sector, and experts from academia.

Keynote by Chris Jay Hoofnagle, Adjunct Professor, School of Information Faculty Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, UC Berkeley Law

Keynote Talk Title: EdTech: Promise and Peril

List of Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Ali İnan, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Adana Science and Technology University
  • Aytaç Göğüş, Okan University
  • Batuhan Aydagül, ERI (Education Reform Inititative), Turkey
  • Garreth Cameron, Group Manager - Business & Industry, Information Commissioner’s Office, UK
  • Hamit İvgin, Turkish Ministry of Education, IT Coordinator for Istanbul
  • Joachim Kind, Safer Internet DE/Klicksafe
  • Okan Çan, DERİŞ Attorney-at-law Partnership
  • Prodromos Tsiavos, London School of Economics

Funded BY TÜBİTAK