FPF Welcomes New Members to the Education Privacy Project

We are thrilled to announce four new members of FPF’s Education Privacy Project. Led by Amelia Vance, Director of Education Privacy, the Project works to equip and connect parents, educators, state and local education agencies, ed tech companies, and other stakeholders with substantive practices, policies, and other solutions to address education privacy challenges.

Our new Senior Fellow, Dr. Monica Bulger, is leading FPF’s initiatives to curate and create state and district-level teaching resources to support those responsible for student data privacy, security, and confidentiality.  Our three new staff members – Sara Collins, Tyler Park, and Erika Ross – will help expand FPF’s state and federal legislative tracking, resource creation, and technical assistance.

You can read more about Monica, Sara, Tyler, and Erika below. Please join us in welcoming them to the team!

Monica Bulger

Dr. Monica Bulger joins FPF as a Senior Fellow. Her work will include studying privacy trade-offs regarding student data use; curating and developing student privacy training resources for K-12 schools; weighing in on student privacy news and developments; and surveying the priorities and needs of parents, teachers, FPF Advisory Board members, and other stakeholders. Monica’s recent publications include The Promises, Challenges, and Futures of Media Literacy (2018)The Legacy of inBloom (2017), Where Policy and Practice Collide: Comparing United States, South Africa, and European Union Approaches to Protecting Children Online (2017) and Personalized Learning: The Conversations We’re Not Having (2016). Dr. Bulger recently developed a twelve-part media literacy series aimed at teens for Crash Course on YouTube. She co-authors the Student Data Privacy, Equity and Digital Literacy newsletter with the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She regularly convenes discussions among policymakers, technologists, researchers, journalists, and educators about issues affecting youth rights, such as privacy, online safety, and media literacy. A 2014-2015 Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center, she is a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, an Affiliate of the Data & Society Research Institute, and a Fellow of Fundación Ceibal. Dr. Bulger has contributed policy research to UNICEF, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the European Commission. She is a Teaching Fellow of the National Writing Project and holds a PhD in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara with emphases in cognitive science and the social dimensions of technology.

Sara Collins

Sara Collins joins FPF as a Policy Counsel for the Education Privacy Project.   Sara previously worked as an investigations attorney in the Enforcement Unit at Federal Student Aid.  She has also worked as the Director of Legal Services for Veterans Education Success, a non-profit focused on helping veterans who have been harmed by predatory education institutions.

Sara graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2014, where she was the symposium editor of the Journal of Gender and the Law.  After graduating law school, she completed a Policy & Law Fellowship at the Amara Legal Center, an organization dedicated to fighting domestic sex trafficking within the DMV area.  Originally from Chicago, Sara attended the University of Illinois, where she received a B.A. in both Political Science and English.

Tyler Park

Tyler Park joins FPF as an Education Privacy Fellow. Prior to joining FPF, he served as a Legal Fellow in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, where he worked on a diverse set of spectrum management and licensing issues, most prominently implementing the 2015 3.5 GHZ Order and the ongoing Signal Boosters proceeding. Before joining the FCC, Tyler interned at Hogan Lovells BSTL in Mexico City where he worked in the firm’s Telecommunications Media and Technology group. He also worked as a Research Assistant for the University of Colorado Law School.  Tyler graduated from the University of Colorado Law School, where he focused on communications law. While in law school, he was a member of the Colorado Technology Law Journal. Tyler earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Political Science and Spanish.

Erika Ross

Erika joins FPF as a Communications Associate for the Education Privacy Project. She supports communications by maintaining and promoting FERPA|Sherpa, expanding FPF’s social media following regarding education privacy issues, and drafting content for newsletter development. Erika also supports FPF’s education privacy communications plan, manages media relations, and promotes events and publications.

Erika earned in Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan majoring in political science. There she worked as a research assistant for the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse and an assistant facilitator of the Youth Arts Alliance Program, working with detained youth. After graduation, Erika became a Teach for America corps member in Charlotte, North Carolina, and earned certification in Middle School and Secondary Social Studies. Before joining FPF, Erika worked as a Policy Advocacy Fellow for the School Justice Project and Policy and a Communications Fellow at the National Council on Teacher Quality. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Policy degree at the Trachtenberg School at George Washington University, with a focus on Program Evaluation.

Policymakers, regulators, and privacy executives interact with latest connected tech at FPF’s Third Annual Tech Lab

FPF held the Third Annual Tech Lab Open House Monday, March 26, 2018, at our offices in Washington, D.C. The Tech Lab Open House provided an opportunity for us to host Privacy Commissioners and FPF members who were in town for the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Global Privacy Summit. The Tech Lab contained several smart toys and smart home gadgets. The event provided a rare occasion for policymakers, regulators, and thought leaders to interact with the latest in privacy-impacting gadgets and new technologies.

Attendees had the opportunity to come face to face with facial recognition, learn how Wi-Fi and Proximity Sensors can be used to track smartphones in our space, compare ancestry analyses from leading direct-to-consumer genetics services, share fun moments with Snap Spectacles, play with Anki’s Cozmo, CognitToys Dino, ChiP Robot, Amazon Echo Show, and much more!

The Tech Lab was widely attended by chief privacy officers, regulators, advocates, academics, and other privacy professionals who encounter the policies and regulations governing the type of technology that was on display. We were delighted to be joined by several distinguished guests: Lahoussine Aniss, General Secretary of the Moroccan Data Protection Authority; Alon Bachar, Commissioner, Israel Privacy Protection Authority; Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor; Christian D’Cunha, Head of Private Office of the Supervisor, European Data Protection Supervisor; Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Unit – International Data Flows and Protection, European Commission; John O’Dwyer, Deputy Commissioner, Irish Data Protection Commission; Oz Shenhav, Director of Innovation and Policy Development, Israel Privacy Protection Authority; Zee Kin Yoeong, Personal Data Protection Commission of Singapore. We were honored to have special remarks by Supervisor Buttarelli, Secretary Aniss, and Commissioner Bachar. You can watch them below.