From invisible work and challenges with software, to the dependency on tech giants for essential public infrastructure. What are the costs, when we – schools, pupils, and public institutes, go online?
Covid has propelled education into the online dimension, with great expectations for personalised learning and solutions for the shortage of teachers.

But the major shift to online education has also shown the shadow sides of digitalisation. It are the tech giants that deliver education products to primary schools and high schools, establishing an increasingly privatized education sphere, and making schools more and more dependent on these platforms and their pedagogical tools.

In the Software as Service model, everything is stored in the cloud and everything is followed, saved, quantified and analysed. It becomes ‘Surveillance as Service’. Privacy remains a major concern.

Here we share stories on how these developments have become structural and the impact they have on people’s lives.


The Netherlands: ‘Big Tech more and more determines what teachers teach and how’

USA: ‘Private Equity Firm Scoops Up Personal Data On Kids With Education Software’

The Netherlands: Education’s Dependence on Big Tech Worries Dutch Parliament

Global: ‘Edutech Companies Collect Data on School Kids but Schools Have No Oversight On These Algorithms’

Global: ‘Big Tech Is In the Class Room and Is Changing The Curriculum’

The Netherlands: ‘How the Education Sector Is Trying To Resist Big Tech’

EU: ‘How Technology Is Taking Over Our Class Room’

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