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Drew Harwell Dec 24
New: Colleges are tracking students' location to enforce attendance, analyze their behavior and assess their mental health. One company calculates a student's “risk score” based on factors such as whether she is going to the library enough
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Drew Harwell Dec 24
Replying to @drewharwell
College officials say tracking students' location and movement helps boost "student success." But some called it another way to surveil and infantilize adults. One student told me, "Have a basic respect for our privacy. We don’t need hall passes anymore"
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Drew Harwell Dec 24
Replying to @dailytarheel @theCT
The students I talked to said: 1) The schools didn't say enough about how the tracking systems worked; they'd learned from social media or student papers like / . 2) This kind of surveillance is imminent. 3) They're powerless to stop it
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Drew Harwell Dec 24
Replying to @dailytarheel @theCT
Companies are selling this kind of intimate personal surveillance a lot more now, promising to predict deviations and rigorously optimize your life, from pregnant moms to babysitters to kids at summer camp
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Drew Harwell
Spoke again this morning with Degree Analytics chief. He said again why he feels tracking is important: "We have a massive student dropout crisis. ... What levels of privacy are we willing to trade for the sake of more students graduating and succeeding?"
The systems highlight how widespread surveillance has increasingly become a fact of life: Students “should have all the rights, responsibilities and privileges that an adult has. So why do we treat...
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Drew Harwell Dec 24
Replying to @dailytarheel @theCT
Props to the great student journalists at , and other schools who first started asking about that weird tracking system around campus: * * *
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Drew Harwell Dec 25
Replying to @drewharwell
Spotter chief this morning tells me their website's traffic has spiked 98%, and that they have signed up "14 schools from across the globe" for demonstrations. "Well, 15, but I believe the one from (Fascist) University is not real."
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Drew Harwell Dec 26
Replying to @drewharwell
Response from the Syracuse professor in our story:
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Drew Harwell Dec 27
Replying to @drewharwell
Congress responds: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.): "institutions of 'higher learning' are careening off a 1984 cliff" Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.): "Have students consented to this monitoring?"
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Drew Harwell Feb 12
Replying to @drewharwell
I deleted an earlier tweet in this thread naming some of the colleges SpotterEDU claimed to work with. It was a mix of schools actively using it; using it in a limited way (like for extracurriculars); or had considered / piloted but later declined.
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Sean Moore Dec 24
massive dropout crisis = we arent getting paid! help! Lets spy on the students!
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davepaisley Dec 24
First thing that crossed my mind too! I'd laugh if it wasn't so Orwellian.
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Jon Pincus Dec 24
this relates to some of the stuff we were talking about
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Save What We Love Dec 24
What’s the actual goal here? The tuition money? The degree? The student’s future health & community?
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Lawren "I'm Speaking" W Dec 27
This is my question.
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