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The "Designing Principles for a Trusted Environment" at SXSWedu engaged a discussion on trust and creating a deeper understanding of how to operationalize trusted learning environments among various stakeholders, including: government, parents, educators, school & district leaders, students, foundations, nonprofits, and businesses. The first half-day framed the conversation—grappling with privacy, trust and data collection—around the tensions between positive uses of data (such as personalization for learning) and commercial use of data. The event included announcements with potential solutions from the Digital Media and Learning Competition, and student data privacy principles from Data Quality Campaign (DQC) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). The keynote speech and youth panel provided background research and a youth perspective on the use of technology in and outside the classroom.

Topics shared and discussed informed a second half-day design interactive, where stakeholders brainstormed user-centered trust frameworks focused on their communities. Participants engaged with each of the stakeholder roles while working toward the goal of creating a trusted environment framework for their assigned community.


John Bailey
Executive Director, Digital Learning Now [Moderator]

Richard Culatta
Director of Educational Technology, US Department of Education

Charlie Firestone
Executive Director, Aspen Institute Communications & Society Program

Aimee Guidera
Founder & Executive Director, Data Quality Campaign

Akili Lee
Co-founder, Digital Youth Network

Amanda Lenhart
Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center

Brendon Lynch
Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft

Felton Thomas
Executive Director, Cleveland Public Library

Local Austin High School Students
Austin, TX



9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.Introductions and DML Winner / CoSN + DQC Announcements pending

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Keynote Speech


Amanda Lenhart, Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Audience Questions

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.Setting The Framework Panel


John Bailey, Vice President of Policy and Executive Director of Digital Learning Now, Foundation for Excellence in Education [Moderator]

Aimee Guidera, Founder and Executive Director, Data Quality Campaign

Akili Lee, Co-Founder & Director of Digital Strategy and Development, Digital Youth Network

Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology, Department of Education

Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Audience Questions

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Lunch

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.Youth Panel


Felton Thomas, Executive Director, Cleveland Public Library [Moderator]

Local Austin High School Students

1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Audience Questions & Summary

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