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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms. I was inspired, I think, to select that topic because talk of “platforms” was incredibly popular in Silicon Valley – it had been for a while – as companies strove to become “the next Facebook.”

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress this week about privacy, data, monopoly power, and regulations. And there’s more Facebook-related news in several of the sections below. ” Via The Verge : “ Facebook -backed lawmakers are pushing to gut privacy law.” “ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? The company sells a tablet for use in prison.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s