Cheating, Policing, and School Surveillance

Cheating, Policing, and School Surveillance

I will, however, say this: anti-cheating software, whether it’s plagiarism detection or test proctoring — is “cop shit.” And cops do not belong on school grounds.Ed-tech didn't create the "cop shit" in the classroom or launch a culture of surveillance in schools by any means.

A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown

A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown

A divided three-judge panel of the Third Circuit took a different approach, announcing a categorical rule that would seem to limit the ability of public schools to address many kinds of disturbing speech by students on social media, including racist threats and cyberbullying.

Facial Recognition Company Lied to School District About its Racist Tech

Facial Recognition Company Lied to School District About its Racist Tech

The NIST tests demonstrated that all facial recognition algorithms perform worse on people of color .Motherboard obtained a copy of the Freed Maxick report from the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), which is representing the Lockport parents in their lawsuit.

School-Issued Chromebooks and Privacy

School-Issued Chromebooks and Privacy

If I get issued a Chromebook and use it at home, can the school/Google see other devices and network traffic?

A hacker published thousands of students' grades and private information after a Nevada school district refused to pay ransom

A hacker published thousands of students' grades and private information after a Nevada school district refused to pay ransom

Brett Callow, a threat analyst with cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, told Business Insider that he discovered leaked documents published to an online hacking forum that purported to include records from Nevada's Clark County School District, including students' names, social security numbers, addresses, and some financial information.

$610K Settlement in School Webcam Spy Case

$610K Settlement in School Webcam Spy Case

Holly Robbins, Blake's mother, told CBS News , "I don't feel this school has the right to put cameras inside the kids' home, inside their bedrooms and spy on them.".

Facial recognition cameras in schools erode privacy and normalize surveillance

Facial recognition cameras in schools erode privacy and normalize surveillance

“We found that in schools where students of color predominate, more surveillance technologies are used,” Shobita Parthasarathy, professor at the University of Michigan and lead author of the study, told CyberNews.

Michigan College Will Digitally Track Students’ Movements At All Times

Michigan College Will Digitally Track Students’ Movements At All Times

Returning students must also sign a form authorizing the disclosure of their test results to the county, state, or "any other governmental entity as may be required by law"—though the school told the Free Beacon that state and county officials are not collecting information from the app.

Privacy Advocates Demand Ban on Facial Recognition in Schools in Response to Damning Study on the Technology

Privacy Advocates Demand Ban on Facial Recognition in Schools in Response to Damning Study on the Technology

Privacy advocates on Monday urged lawmakers to ban facial recognition in schools in response to a new study finding that use of the technology in educational settings would likely lead to a number of negative consequences including the normalization of surveillance and worsening of racial biases.

Finally! A searchable database on police spy programs

Finally! A searchable database on police spy programs

"Over a year and a half, Reynolds School of Journalism students at the University of Nevada, Reno have reviewed thousands of news articles and public records," he said.

Why Is a Tech Executive Installing Security Cameras Around San Francisco?

Why Is a Tech Executive Installing Security Cameras Around San Francisco?

Longtime San Francisco residents and the tech workers have not historically seen eye-to-eye on many things.Around a quarter of San Francisco parents send their children to private school, a higher percentage than many large cities, including New York.

Teacher Spying on Student During Virtual Class Sends Cops to Search 11-Year-Old's Home After Spotting a BB Gun

Teacher Spying on Student During Virtual Class Sends Cops to Search 11-Year-Old's Home After Spotting a BB Gun

The boy’s mother, Courtney Lancaster Sperry, a Navy veteran, is warning other parents about a lack of privacy during virtual classes after her son was targeted by a teacher who saw what she thought was a scary-looking gun hanging on the wall of the boy’s bedroom.

Shoshana Zuboff: A Human Future in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff: A Human Future in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Instead of labor, surveillance capitalism feeds on every aspect of human experience,” writes Dr. Zuboff, the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School as well as Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

American Panopticon: How a Small Town Foreshadowed the Surveillance State—The Appendix

American Panopticon: How a Small Town Foreshadowed the Surveillance State—The Appendix

Taylor’s plan “consisted in placing the pupils in small separate apartments, open on one side, so that every one, both in the main floor and in the gallery was under the eye of the teacher at his stand, while no one could see any other of the students.” In short, a Panopticon.Hooker and Taylor redesigned Lowville Academy as a twelve-sided, two-story brick structure.

American schools enter the age of the electronic self-contained automated protective environment (ESCAPE)

American schools enter the age of the electronic self-contained automated protective environment (ESCAPE)

Evolv Technology, the company behind South Carolina schools' new weapons screening and threat protection system, was co-founded in 2013 by Mike Ellenbogen, a physicist and entrepreneur with a long career helping to shape the explosives detection industry.

'Ban this technology': students protest US universities' use of facial recognition

'Ban this technology': students protest US universities' use of facial recognition

The protests on Monday came after pushback led by students and digital rights group Fight for The Future against a proposed facial recognition program at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) led the school to reverse course and drop the technology.

Schools Are Spying on Students – But Students Can Fight Back

Schools Are Spying on Students – But Students Can Fight Back

In the new guide, EFF shows students and concerned parents what kind of technologies to watch for, how they can track you, and what it means for privacy.

Aspiring terrorists are in every Iowa school, surveillance companies warn

Aspiring terrorists are in every Iowa school, surveillance companies warn

The companies, Gaggle and Securly, track students’ digital lives and flag potential threats for in-house analysts and school officials to review.To show how sneaky kids are on the internet, a Gaggle company representative told School Board members that the average seventh-grader has six Instagram accounts.

Google faces state lawsuit alleging misuse of schoolkids’ private data

Google faces state lawsuit alleging misuse of schoolkids’ private data

"To drive adoption in more schools—and to alleviate legitimate concerns about its history of privacy abuses—Google has been making public statements and promises that are designed to convince parents, teachers, and school officials that Google takes student privacy seriously and that it only collects education-related data from students using its platform," the suit says, adding that Google also made public promises not to mine student data for commercial purposes.

New Mexico sues Google over collection of children's data

New Mexico sues Google over collection of children's data

(AP) — New Mexico's attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws.

Google sued by New Mexico over claims it spies on US students

Google sued by New Mexico over claims it spies on US students

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pupils in California open new Chromebook laptop computers The attorney general of the US state of New Mexico is suing Google, accusing the company of illegally collecting the personal data of school children.

In an unprecedented move, Twitter gave a state university access to a student’s parody account after it complained that he was mocking the school

In an unprecedented move, Twitter gave a state university access to a student’s parody account after it complained that he was mocking the school

Kelly told Business Insider he has been in contact with the school about the parody account, including the administrator whose email appeared to be given access to it.

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

What the reports do agree on: the app uses local Bluetooth signals, not GPS, so it’s probably not going to be very useful to track students outside of school.

Your Right to Know: Don’t block anonymous requests

Your Right to Know: Don’t block anonymous requests

An anonymous requester sued the Madison Metropolitan School District in November for refusing to release records unless the requester revealed his or her identity.The anonymity provision is crucial to the state open records law.

Tracking College Students Everywhere They Go On Campus Is The New Normal

Tracking College Students Everywhere They Go On Campus Is The New Normal

One company that uses school WiFi networks to monitor movements says it gathers 6,000 location data points per student every day.How anyone is supposed to determine a student's mental health by non-stop location tracking isn't explained, but the article says schools are adding "risk factors" like, um, not going to the library enough.

JB school using facial scanner for attendance

JB school using facial scanner for attendance

Zamri said their school was the first in the state to use the system that would see recorded data being uploaded onto the pupils’ database, which contains the pupils’ attendance record and their personal information.

Opinion | Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

Opinion | Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

The Times Privacy Project was given access to a data set with more than 50 billion location “pings” from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

Why an internet that never forgets is especially bad for young people

Why an internet that never forgets is especially bad for young people

The second potential danger is more troubling: in a world where the past haunts the present, young people may calcify their identities, perspectives, and political positions at an increasingly young age.

Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?

Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?

However, there are plenty of people on campus who see a dark side.“When it comes to deploying listening devices where sensitive conversations occur, we simply have no idea what long-term effect having conversations recorded and kept by Amazon might have on their futures—even, quite possibly, on their health and well-being,” says Russell Newman, an Emerson professor who researches the political economy of communication and communications policy.

Why Should You Care About Privacy If You’ve Got Nothing to Hide?

Why Should You Care About Privacy If You’ve Got Nothing to Hide?

Above all else, though, it was the household's censorship on books — with the exception of the Bible, of course — that proved to be too much for young Tara to bear.