Watch: Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona speaks on protecting students in the age of Artificial Intelligence

Miguel Cardona

Lawmakers and business leaders are having more and more discussions about artificial intelligence (AI), algorithms, and other automated systems. Specifically, how they can keep people safe in an age where computers dictate many aspects of daily life. This concern extends to students in classrooms.

Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona joined others on a panel about the White House’s initiative around an AI Bill of Rights. The premise being that there should be guiding principles in the way we use AI. Here is what they have so far.

Safe and Effective Systems – You should be protected from unsafe or ineffective systems. 

Algorithmic Discrimination Protections – You should not face discrimination by algorithms and systems should be used and designed in an equitable way.

Data Privacy – You should be protected from abusive data practices via built-in protections and you should have agency over how data about you is used.

Notice and Explanation – You should know that an automated system is being used and understand how and why it contributes to outcomes that impact you. 

Human Alternatives, Consideration, and Fallback – You should be able to opt out, where appropriate, and have access to a person who can quickly consider and remedy problems you encounter.

Miguel Cardona elaborated on how this should come into play for students.

“While we embrace utilizing ed tech to enhance learning we recognize that it comes with additional responsibility and the need for us to change how we do business.” Said Cardona. “We are going to be releasing next year, early 2023 a set of guidance and recommendations for schools, for 50 million students across the country.”

Many of Cardona’s remarks were on the use of student data which come on the heels of recent ransomware attacks on two of the nation’s largest school districts in Chicago Public Schools and Los Angeles Unified School District.

Watch the full panel below.

Read the full blueprint here. (White House)

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