Grooming Students for A Lifetime of Surveillance

Jessy Irwin:

Ironically, the same technologists and investors who protest against the NSA’s metadata collection programs are the ones profiting the most from the widespread surveillance of students across the country, by building educational tools with the same function.

You'd be wise to read the entire article. I'm a big fan of technology in schools, but I'm an even bigger fan of letting teachers teach.

When we develop and use educational technologies that monitor a student’s every moment in school and online, we groom that student for a lifetime of surveillance from the NSA, from data brokers, from advertisers, marketers, and even CCTV cameras. By watching every move that students make while learning, we model to students that we do not trust them– that ultimately, their every move will be under scrutiny from others. When students recognize that they are being watched, they begin to act differently– and from that very moment they begin to cede one small bit of freedom at a time.

By watching every move that students make while learning, we model to students that we do not trust them– that ultimately, their every move will be under scrutiny from others. is the statement that stands out to me the most. We are saying to students that you are guilty of something before you have even done it.

I'll leave you with this quote from Fraser Speirs:

Analytics and Big Data is what you do when you can’t remember why you do what you do any more.