IGF 2023 WS #304 Deliberate data governance in education for learner autonomy


Data Governance & Trust
Data Localization, Data Residency, and Data Sovereignty

Organizer 1: Velislava Hillman, 🔒
Organizer 2: Dixon Siu, 🔒Fujitsu Limited
Organizer 3: KEIKO TANAKA, the Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics

Speaker 1: Dixon Siu, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Velislava Hillman, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: KEIKO TANAKA, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


KEIKO TANAKA, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator

Dixon Siu, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group


Velislava Hillman, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Panel - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

1: What are the design implications for developing a trusted education data space where learners' social mobility can be improved through education on a global scale?
2: How are education data governance policies envisioning advancing algorithmic systems and the growing data collection in education as a result?
3: How are children’s fundamental rights and freedoms upheld through policy and governance with regards to education data collection and processing through algorithmic, AI-based systems throughout the world?
4: What minimum appropriate standards can be envisioned to form part of education data governance and governance of advancing algorithmic systems deployed for education?

What will participants gain from attending this session? This session provides several aspects to inform the design of governing education technology. First, V. Hillman will propose a global framework for security standards: GESS, which promotes trust and confidence, access to digital networks, and global regulatory harmonization. Second, Irene Esther Mutuzo, chair of standardization efforts at the IEEE study group on interoperable learning records, discusses implementations of self-sovereign identity with use cases in Africa’s adult learners. The concepts of openness and trust are discussed to better empower learners through examples by Dixon Siu on open data and Fujitsu's distributed personal data store, Keiko Tanaka on open recognitions, and V. Hillman on applications of open science in European project. Overall, the session provides a unique opportunity to bring together the voices from various continents, provide concrete examples of issues and solutions, and provide a direction for harmonizing policies in education data that affect the autonomy of learners around the globe.


The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digitization of learning as schools implemented more education technologies to provide access to education during the lockdowns. Education technologies are expected to generate an exponential amount of data about learners, which can positively transform the way we teach and learn, including the use of artificial intelligence in education. At the same time, the public sector and teachers responsible for the provision of education disproportionately lack expertise and experience in the face of new technologies increasingly “platformizing” education, undermining the nature of education as a public good. How shall we navigate decision-making in the face of the complexities of digital tools in today’s learning environment? We invite speakers from Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America to discuss how we can design digital technology to cater to learners' interests. Panelists will share proposals on several archetypes for promoting trust in education governance, and learners sovereignty in data flow.

Expected Outcomes

This session, organized with panelists from diverse, global stakeholders, provides a unique ground for the new convergence of technology, policy, and education to center learners' interests in advancing their learning trajectory and navigating the challenges of the 21st century through facilitated discussions, creating a space much needed for international cooperation from the bottom up. While the regulatory frameworks are different in countries and regions, the technology infrastructure that supports learning is often common, with some cases where particular vendor tools are used disproportionately regardless of local pedagogical interventions. The session empowers various stakeholders coming from different perspectives to advance innovation in education, including technology, business, and, of course, educators at the forefront of teaching and learning in various countries.

Hybrid Format: Online panelists will join the session via zoom, with a laptop at the session table connected to the screen. Listed panelists have a wealth of experience in using tele-conferencing tools in the context of global conferences.