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Remote Learning Raises Digital Privacy Issues

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Two weeks ago, the Springfield Public Schools were forced to abruptly pause remote learning for 26,000 students when the district’s computer network was hit by a ransomware attack.

School officials said no data was lost and no student’s personal information was at risk.

The cyberattack in Springfield was hardly an isolated incident.  On the first day of school last month, a ransomware attack shut down remote learning in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Center for Democracy and Technology – a Washington DC-based nonprofit – released a report this week on protecting students’ digital privacy.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Elizabeth Laird, a senior fellow at the organization.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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