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Whoever Reads the T&Cs Anyway?


Fluck, AE, Whoever Reads the T&Cs Anyway?, Empowering Teaching for Digital Equity and Agency: International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee 3 Open Conference on Computers in Education (OCCE 2020), Springer Nature, T Brinda, D Passey and T Keane (ed), Switzerland, pp. 119-128. ISBN 978-3-030-59847-1 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-59847-1_13


Can a teacher enrol the whole class in an online service? Is she obliged to read the terms and conditions and legally agree on behalf of the students? What if the associated privacy policy sends data overseas? Should all the parents/guardians approve instead and how long would that take? Copyright and copyleft concepts are contested, with each of them subject to disparate terms and conditions (T&Cs). With airlines, shops and even governments providing services online, these legal agreements pose an increasing burden on the populace. This paper traces the historical invention of copyright legislation, global agreements such as the Berne convention, and subsequent dissolution of that situation. The auto-ethnographic data from 48 online services over an entire year tracks the T&Cs presented to a single individual, and the estimated professional cost of their perusal. From these data can be deduced a AU$9b per annum cost burden to Australia alone, and a more global estimate can be made of the reading burden of such agreementsworldwide. This is important to busy teachers who provide access to online educational resources in their classrooms, since their time is particularly valuable.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Terms & conditions Privacy policies Education Online services
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Fluck, AE (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
ID Code:141099
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-09-24
Last Modified:2020-10-16

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