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The Commonwealth, the sponsors and partners involved in the #MassEduData Challenge take privacy and security extremely seriously.  Security was our first priority when this event was conceived.

To ensure participants’ privacy, we have worked with our partners at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to ensure that target data sets do not contain any personally identifiable information (PII) of any student or teacher in the Commonwealth.

This event brings together many existing data sets, most of which are already publically available via the DESE website.   Provided data fully complies with Federal regulations, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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Government Innovation Officer

As Government Innovation Officer (GIO) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Antonio ("Tony") Parham advises executive branch leaders on identifying and executing high impact business change projects. As the first chief innovation officer for the Commonwealth, the GIO is accountable for improving internal government efficiencies and for the improved experience of outside stakeholders such as residents, businesses and local governments. Key GIO accomplishments are described at http://bit.ly/OGIOreports

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