“Nothing was finished, but we all did our best. » Gwenaëlle Deborde, professor of history and geography at the college and high school in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines), remembers with bitterness the months of confinement and distance learning in 2020. In the absence of clear instructions on the digitization of its hierarchy and his face “unsuitable work equipment” offered by her academy, she admits to having turned to private American services such as Zoom and Google Drive, “Lack of viable alternative”.
As the issue of personal data protection gradually rises in the public debate and the government has for the first time a Ministerial Delegate for Digital Sovereignty in its ranks, the Covid-19 crisis has brought to light its ubiquity in the classrooms of large private American corporations, Microsoft and Google at the top. In a reply published on Tuesday, November 15 Official Newspaperthe Ministry of National Education also assured that it will work together with the academies “Prompted to stop any deployment or expansion” Tools of the two American giants in the classroom. However, without extending beyond a deadline.
Librist turnaround in ministry
Audran Le Baron, formerly of Bercy, appointed head of the Digital Education Department (DNE), moved to Rue de Grenelle in June 2021. His arrival was hastened by what he calls a “Institutional Trauma”which took place two months earlier: When a third lockdown was announced, the servers of the National Center for Distance Learning (CNED) and certain digital workspaces could not handle the influx of students and teachers, leading to major outages.
If his main task is to prevent this type of technical problem from reoccurring, Mr. Le Baron is also very interested in Gafam tools. “taken as an emergency solution in the field”. The high official now wants to embody an educational digital within a ministry that has more than once made deals with the big tech group Microsoft in the past “free, sovereign, compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)” by redirecting facilities to state-provided instruments: “We need to work on an offer that is credible, readable and seamless. From the moment she’s there, there will be less debate. » In particular, he recruited Alexis Kauffmann, co-founder of the Framasoft network, which has been committed to promoting free software since 2001.
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