Will the Pandemic Usher in an Era of Mass Surveillance in Higher Education?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“After college students joined the swarm of 200 million daily Zoom users this semester, experts bashed the company over privacy breaches and concerns about data sharing with third parties. That prompted Zoom executives to start a three-month re-evaluation of the videoconferencing platform’s encryption and licensing …” (more)

[Alexander C Kafka, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 April]

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Limerick landlords considering CCTV over student house parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Landlords are considering installing CCTV at their properties in Limerick due to a series of ‘destructive house parties’ that took place during Charity Week. Several properties in Castletroy have been left ‘destroyed’, with almost 150 people ‘herded’ out of one house party in College Court during the early hours of last Tuesday morning, it is understood …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 4 March]

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UL plans new security system to monitor vehicles on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) is planning to erect special cameras to monitor the 5,000 vehicles that enter and leave the campus every day, including specific cars it would place on a security ‘watch list’. The proposal may raise concerns about the privacy of more than 11,000 students, 1,300 staff, and visitors to the 133-hectare site …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 22 August]

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UCD live-in students want fewer rules, fines and cameras on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2014 by steve

“UCD and its students are to sit down and negotiate reasonable accommodation rules this summer, hoping to resolve a number of issues that were raised during a campaign last year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 12 June]

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Can students and their neighbours ever be friends?

Posted in Legal issues on September 25th, 2013 by steve

“The new academic year brings with it a sense of dread for many of the residents living close to universities. Parties with loud music, drunkenness on the streets, interfering with parked cars, public urination …” (more)

[Colette Sheridan, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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CCTV installed near college ahead of Freshers’ Week

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2013 by steve

“Three Garda CCTV cameras have been installed around Cork’s university quarter as part of a wider crackdown on antisocial behaviour …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 12 September]

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New CCTV at College Road Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2013 by steve

“Supt Barry McPolin speaking to Irish Examiner reporter Eoin English in the radio room at Anglesea Street Garda Station about the new CCTV cameras which will monitor the College Road area of the City …” (more, video)

[YouTube, 11 September]

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Spying on academics will not help fight terrorism

Posted in Legal issues on July 15th, 2013 by steve

“Universities in this country are under increased pressure to share information about the activities of students and staff whether for immigration purposes, in relation to activism on campus or even in relation to academic research projects …” (more)

[David Miller, The Conversation, 15 July]

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Surveillance system to give gardaí an eye on UCC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 6th, 2013 by steve

“A CCTV project costing in excess of €100,000 is expected to be operational at key junctions around University College Cork by the start of the infamous Freshers’ Week in September. A minimum of three cameras will be new ‘eyes in the sky’ for the area around the university …” (more)

[Cork News, 5 July]

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Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students’ Reading Habits

Posted in Teaching on November 9th, 2012 by steve

“Data mining is creeping into every aspect of student life – classrooms, advising, socializing. Now it’s hitting textbooks, too …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 November]

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Cameras in Residence

Posted in Legal issues on September 12th, 2012 by steve

“A recent development in UCD’s license to reside has been the introduction of point 23 which states that residential assistants can now bring cameras into residences. This first became an issue last year when security guards started to use cameras in houses …” (more)

[Rachel Carey, College Tribune, 12 September]

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UCD amend licence to reside to allow filming inside Residences

Posted in Legal issues on September 8th, 2012 by steve

“UCD Residences have formally amended the licence to reside for on campus accommodation to include a clause that allows residential assistants (RAs) to film inside students’ apartments …” (more)

[University Observer, 8 September]

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School district admits installing covert webcam activation software on student laptops, denies wrongdoing

Posted in Legal issues on February 19th, 2010 by steve

“The Superintendant of the Lower Merion School District – where parents have initiated a class action suit over the covert use of students’ laptops to surveil them in school and at home – has sent a letter to parents with more information about the spying. The school admits that there was spyware installed on students laptops that allowed for remote, covert activation of their webcams, but maintains that the measure was only to be used in the event of theft of the machine …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 19 February]

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School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home

Posted in Legal issues on February 18th, 2010 by steve

“According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools’ administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. The issue came to light when the Robbins’s child was disciplined for ‘improper behavior in his home’ and the Vice Principal used a photo taken by the webcam as evidence. The suit is a class action, brought on behalf of all students issued with these machines …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 17 February]

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Studying the ‘surveillance society’

Posted in Teaching on April 15th, 2009 by steve

UK“Living under an invisible gaze raises important issues – which is why City University is launching an MA in surveillance studies. The term ‘surveillance society’ has become something of a cliche in contemporary culture, with competing depictions routinely appearing in a range of popular domains. Indeed, the literature we read, the programmes we watch and the various products we purchase and consume, are suffused with endless examples of surveillance technologies, practices and processes. We live our lives under and through ubiquitous surveillance. Imagining an unexceptional day in your own life may help consolidate this argument …” (more)

[Gavin John Douglas Smith, Guardian, 15 April]

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