What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids

What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids

When Haley, a sophomore at Indiana University, took a test for an accounting class in September, she—like many college students during this pandemic—was sitting not in a classroom but in her bedroom.

Auckland University's 'bizarre' files on students' social media posts

Auckland University's 'bizarre' files on students' social media posts

A University of Auckland statement sent to Craccum said: "We know that students communicate about and respond to issues via social media and looking at what is being posted is one of the ways that the university listens to the student voice and gets a sense of the student sentiment in real time.

The Pandemic Is No Excuse to Surveil Students

The Pandemic Is No Excuse to Surveil Students

Later, when athletes at many universities were forced to download tracking apps, I have little doubt that some of them did the equivalent of “no Facebook, no phone” parties with these apps: sent their phone along to class with a friend, or left it in their dorm, “sleeping,” while they socialized elsewhere.

$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.

The College Board Is Sharing Student Data Once Again

The College Board Is Sharing Student Data Once Again

“The data sharing we observed would allow for a broad range of profiling,” says Bill Fitzgerald, the privacy researcher who conducted the tests for the Consumer Reports Digital Lab. Once student data is passed to third parties, he notes, it’s more likely to be used for purposes that don’t reflect a pupil’s best interests.

Twitter is Testing End-to-End Encrypted Direct Messages

Twitter is Testing End-to-End Encrypted Direct Messages

Secret Conversation appears to allow Twitter users to send encrypted direct messages and beef up the security of their conversation.Select 'Start a secret text message,' and a new window will open where you can send encrypted messages.

Fawkes

Fawkes

The difference, however, is that if and when someone tries to use these photos to build a facial recognition model, "cloaked" images will teach the model an highly distorted version of what makes you look like you.

'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.

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.

UCLA Abandons Plans to Use Facial Recognition After Backlash

UCLA Abandons Plans to Use Facial Recognition After Backlash

Ahead of a national day of action led by digital rights group Fight for the Future, UCLA has abandoned its plans to become the first university in the United States to adopt facial recognition technology.

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.

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.

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 parents in a school district near the CIA are forcing tech companies to erase kids’ data

Why parents in a school district near the CIA are forcing tech companies to erase kids’ data

Like thousands of American public school districts, Montgomery county gives students laptops and has hired tech companies to track students’ activities on those computers, including monitoring what they search for and what websites they visit.

Colleges and universities are tracking potential applicants when they visit their websites, including how much time they spend on financial aid pages

Colleges and universities are tracking potential applicants when they visit their websites, including how much time they spend on financial aid pages

At least 44 US colleges and universities have hired private consulting firms to help them track applicants who visit their websites, Douglas MacMillan and Nick Anderson at The Washington Post recently reported.

Harvard student denied entry into US due to friends' social media posts

Harvard student denied entry into US due to friends' social media posts

Ismail Ajjawi, who lives in Lebanon, was questioned for hours at Boston's Logan airport and ultimately had his visa canceled after immigration officials searched his phone and laptop, according to The Harvard Crimson.

US border officials are increasingly denying entry to travelers over others’ social media

US border officials are increasingly denying entry to travelers over others’ social media

Because WhatsApp automatically downloads received images and videos to a user’s phone, any questionable content — even sent unsolicitedly — under a border official’s search could be enough to deny the traveler entry.

How safe are school records? Not very, says student security researcher

How safe are school records? Not very, says student security researcher

Among one of the more damaging issues Demirkapi found in Follett’s student information system was an improper access control vulnerability, which if exploited could have allowed an attacker to read and write to the central Aspen database and obtain any student’s data.

Lawsuit: US government should not search travelers’ laptops and cellphones without a warrant

Lawsuit: US government should not search travelers’ laptops and cellphones without a warrant

U.S. Department of Justice attorney Michael Drezner, representing the government, said no court has ever required probable cause or a warrant for any border search of a person or property.

King's College London breached GDPR by sharing list of activist students with cops

King's College London breached GDPR by sharing list of activist students with cops

Kings College London breached the General Data Protection Regulations when it shared a list of student activists with the police and barred the activists from campus during a visit by the Queen, an independent report (PDF) has found.

Opinion | Welcome to the K-12 Surveillance State

Opinion | Welcome to the K-12 Surveillance State

Then it launches 100 (yes, 100) tabs in your browser that are designed to make your browsing behavior look like one of its stereotypical profile types. For example, picking Influencer will launch dozens of tabs with Amazon searches for holistic remedies, pages for meditation apps and other online New Age goodies.

Unproven aggression detectors, more surveillance

Unproven aggression detectors, more surveillance

In some public places, such as schools and hospitals, microphones installed with software listen for noise that sounds like aggression. It sounds useful, but in practice, the detection algorithms might not be ready yet.

CU Colorado Springs students secretly photographed for government-backed facial-recognition research

CU Colorado Springs students secretly photographed for government-backed facial-recognition research

A professor at the University of Colorado’s Colorado Springs campus led a project that secretly snapped photos of more than 1,700 students, faculty members and others walking in public more than six years ago in an effort to enhance facial-recognition technology.

Are the kids all right? These school surveillance apps sure want to tell you

Are the kids all right? These school surveillance apps sure want to tell you

Products like Securly and Gaggle, which surveil typically private online spaces like email accounts, documents, private calendars, and search histories and, unlike locker or backpack searches, can involve reaching into the documents and communications that a student creates while at home, sit on the extreme end of the spectrum of ways schools monitor and safeguard students.

Camera Above the Classroom

Camera Above the Classroom

Let alone knowing there’s a camera.” And when students from other schools asked why their teachers started collecting facial data, someone responded: “The whole country is advocating ‘intelligent education.’ It’s probably your principal who wants to add glory to his career accomplishments.”.

Artificial intelligence senses people through walls

Artificial intelligence senses people through walls

The researchers use a neural network to analyze radio signals that bounce off people’s bodies, and can then create a dynamic stick figure that walks, stops, sits, and moves its limbs as the person performs those actions.

Opinion | A ‘Creepy’ Assignment: Pay Attention to What Strangers Reveal in Public

Opinion | A ‘Creepy’ Assignment: Pay Attention to What Strangers Reveal in Public

Privacy by obscurity, as Woodrow Hartzog and Evan Selinger have written , “is the idea that when information is hard to obtain or understand, it is, to some degree, safe.” I wanted to demonstrate to my students how the most common of technologies can be used to shatter the perceived protections of obscurity and, in turn, reveal the admittedly thin mechanisms by which privacy is actually protected.