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University of Kentucky reports breach

A breach at the University of Kentucky allowed unauthorized access to an online digital privacy and etiquette program called the “Digital Driver’s License,” a name that officials theorize may have put a target on the database. The program, offered through an open-source tool created and maintained in Kentucky’s College of Education, teaches students how to navigate the internet and provides online assessments of that knowledge. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Texas school district paid $547k in ransomware demand

A school district near San Antonio acknowledged last week that it recently paid ransomware actors nearly $550,000 to regain access to its systems and stop the publication of student and staff data after it was attacked earlier this summer. The Judson Independent School District, located in Bexar County, Texas, acknowledged the payment in a statement on its website, stating that officials resigned to coughing up $547,045.61. Benjamin Freed has the story.

NSF to fund university AI research centers

The National Science Foundation recently announced funding for 11 artificial intelligence research institutions, with two focused on topics in education: adult learners and online education, and STEM teaching and learning. The NSF said it aims to provide $220 million in total funding for creating these institutes is to spur AI research and promote “plug and play” solutions using AI. Funding is set at about $20 million over five years for each project, with supplements coming in from private companies like the digital consulting firm Accenture. Emily has more.

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