Monday, March 11

Cognitive Fingerprints on the education!

Today, there are many devices, applications, resources and platforms for students on the Internet. Thats good, because they can access, connect or share more information. But sometimes its also a source of worries for parents. Not only because they dont know what their children are talking about, but also because these children are using and sharing their personal data and these data remain present in the cloud.

But, they are using authentications! Thats true but these are not always sure. Password is only requested the first time you enter the platform. Once you enter, someone else can use it too. Even in a computer at school, theres no guarantee that your child is the only one who is using that information in his or her session.
Thats the reason why DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of United States, is investigating on how to solve this problem. The aim is to create a system where passwords wont be needed, with a permanent recognition of the user any time he or she logs in.

Is that possible? Active Authentication seems to be the solution. It makes a continuous authentication not through your physical aspects but through the way you interact with technology, the context whereby you interact with your data and your experiences in the Net. This process is called Cognitive Fingerprints.

At the moment, it will only be used by the Department of Defense , but in the future it will be applicable to our devices. Which effects can it have in education? It could be a great tool (apart of the security in our personal data) to hold a continuous report of our students language skills. In online courses the educators will be able to have a clearer idea of their students profile.

Crdits: la factoria