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Monitoring… tracking… it’s all surveillance

Three posts on student surveillance at colleges and universities came through my feeds recently. From Drew Harwell at The Washington Post, “Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands” focuses primarily on the SpotterEDU app, which calls itself an “automated attendance monitoring and early alerting platform” and is […]

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When we treat students like consumers

A Guide for Resisting Edtech: the Case against Turnitin, by Hybrid Pedagogy There is so much to unpack here, but this was my favorite part: “Plagiarism detection services ‘undermine students’ authority’ over their own work; place students in a role of needing to be ‘policed’; ‘create a hostile environment’; supplant good teaching with the use […]

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Let kids make and clean up their own digital mess

I’m posting less and less about my kids on FB (the one place I share kids photos) and thinking of stopping altogether. New York Times: Don’t Post About Me on Social Media, Children Say

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The internet isn’t what we hoped it would be

Currently, I’m reading two articles by journalist and blogger Quinn Norton. The first discusses the convergence of encryption, journalism ethics, and digital literacy in light of recent hacks and data dumps. Of particular interest to librarians and teachers, Quinn urges that: “Kids should be learning about networks from a young age, and the basics of how computers […]

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Free as in kittens

Berners-Lee: “We need our lawyers and our politicians to understand programming, to understand what can be done with a computer. We also need to revisit a lot of legal structure, copyright law – the laws that put people in jail which have been largely set up to protect the movie producers … None of this […]

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I fight for the user

I was delighted to find the following email in my inbox the other day. From ALA’s president Barbara Stripling: ALA is saddened by recent news that the government has obtained vast amounts of personal information and electronic communications of millions of innocent people. The extent of the personal information received by the government is very […]

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Andrew Keen on privacy

The March 2011 issue of Wired Magazine has an article by Andrew Keen, the author of The Cult of the Amateur, in which Keen discusses the implications of sharing enormous amounts of personal information online. What these implications may be, he is not exactly clear about. There is a strange mix of paranoia and nostalgia […]

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Privacy and confidentiality in academic libraries: the essential questions

As an academic librarian, what do you need to know about your library’s privacy and confidentiality policy? Today’s move by the U.S. House of Representatives to deny extending certain provision of the US Patriot Act (one of which pertains to libraries) and the call for protests leading up to it remind us that privacy is […]

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Online resources for learning about privacy issues

This month, I’ll be focusing my off-the-clock reading habits on issues of privacy in academic libraries. The term “privacy” carries a lot of baggage and calls to mind many different issues. In the context of the internet and social networks, the discourse tends to focus on regulation (who should do it, how much should be […]