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Introducing EDDS

Our story

Delivering better edtech - leading change - protecting children

We’re an interdisciplinary group of scholars, researchers, educators, engineers and privacy advocates dedicated to protecting the sovereignty of education systems as they becomes increasingly dependent on digital, data-intensive and algorithmic systems.

 

EDDS is working with our College of Expert Reviewers enlightened educators, education authorities and ethical education technology providers to pilot and put in place systems of education technology evaluation and certification.  

We work at the intersection of research, development and advocacy:

  • As part of a multidisciplinary European consortium, TRUSTEE, our team members are developing a privacy preserving method for the safe exchange and analysis of data, funded by the EU’s Horizon and the UKRI. 

  • With leading edtech market Edtech Impact, we are launching the Quality Evaluation Framework to ensure that edtech entering our schools is safe and lawful.  This is the first initiative of its kind worldwide and will form the basis for a global programme that we are advocating for the edtech sector, obviating the need for governmental interventions and constant re-evaluations on the basis of unique educational environments, socio-cultural values and needs.

  • As part of the EI Quality Evaluation Framework, our international consortium of partners including the Education Alliance Finland, WikIT AS Norway, and WhatWorked Education, gathers evidence, assesses and evaluates edtech products across pedagogic and impact assessment criteria. Our partners consider teachers’ and students’ voices in what edtech products provide value to the classroom.

  • With the collaboration of international organisations, school districts, and security experts from the US, Australia, UK, EU, and New Zealand, we have addressed the needs for a unique cybersecurity framework (GESS) for the education sector, which is the basis of evaluating edtech products.

  • Through continuous participation at policy level with international organisations and policymakers, we have embarked on advocacy for meaningful and strict governance of the digitisation of education and for the protection of educational institutions’ sovereignty and children’s rights to quality education.

  • As our partnerships and collaborations expand, we are constantly updating the EDDS framework, and are currently supporting the development of a wellbeing of children and teachers framework in digital education, as well as on algorithmic fairness impact assessments.

 

​Stay tuned, more is coming!

What we do

Edtech evaluation by design

At EDDS, we believe that our solutions will soon become an intrinsic and transformative part of the global edtech industry.


We’ve only just started, but we already know that every product we evaluate and every education authority that we help will improve outcomes for our children and our school systems. 

Our aim is to ensure that the introduction of edtech is channeled positively and meaningfully, that governments, schools and parents can act to spot and prevent potential societal harms, and that our children’s data is protected from misuse, resale and or other harmful outcomes. 

We believe that the right understanding and technological edge can lead edtech companies towards a successful future.

 

Contact us today to set up a meeting with one of our team.


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The challenge

In the 21st century an experiment in social selection is taking place all over the world, but it is not one led by governments. It is quietly getting underway in our nurseries, our primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities. Unregulated, the world’s education technology providers have entered our education systems. They are amassing our children’s data, processing it, packaging and selling it in a way that could allow global commercial concerns to polarise and segregate our children into silos – without the knowledge, consent or awareness of the teachers, parents or children concerned. 

 

Our children’s fates could be determined by algorithms that pigeon-hole educational populations by socioeconomic group, speed of typing, concentration span, friendship circles and innumerable other meta-tagged data points that could, further down the road, influence whether they get a particular job or are granted a mortgage.

This is not tomorrow’s nightmare. The foundations are being put in place today.

At EDDS, our comprehensive evaluation and audit solutions will help education authorities to understand the scale of the issues and intervene and guide edtech's leading companies to take an ethical stance.

For a free consultation, contact us today.

 
Our manifesto
for education
and technology

 

Key principles for a healthy, vibrant and inclusive edtech sector that acts for the best outcomes for children and students
 

Digital Technologies for Children’s Good and Education (edtech) should, at the most fundamental level, observe children’s rights and freedoms and promote quality and diversity; benefit children by providing opportunities for their participation and agency; support sustainability and protect the independent and sacred nature of children’s ecosystems; and support their physical, social and emotional development as healthy, independent and resilient adults who can develop original thought, personhood and apply knowledge. 

 

We call for the existence and safeguarding of Education Technologies for Children’s Good and Education based on the following five key principles for good edtech

Principle 1 

Edtech’s primary purpose should be to enhance learning and improve educational outcomes. Edtech should only be deployed in the classroom if there is proven case for its enhancing role – the classroom should not be a testing ground for unproven products.

Principle 2

Edtech should, at a minimum, be tested and certified to abide by all legal, social, pedagogic, ethical and organisational norms, laws, regulations and standards. Without this proof, no edtech should be deployed in the classroom.

Principle 3

Edtech has a societal responsibility to children, it should therefore be held to higher ethical standards of trust, privacy and security of children than other technology products.

Principle 4

Edtech should be held accountable through transparency of its algorithmic and data processing. Children should be excluded from data collection where it is not needed for the immediate task and be allowed safe digital spaces to allow error and exploration without record.

Principle 5

Edtech products should be covered by strict licencing, regulatory oversight and systematic independent audits. 

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EDDS is a socially minded enterprise,
a project of Etoile Partners
and 
through Etoile
is delivering on
 the EU's TRUSTEE project
backed by Horizon and UKRI

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