US colleges and universities adopt dangerous levels of student surveillance


Numerous US colleges are forcing students to download location-tracking apps or wear symptom-tracking devices, many of them similar to tracking systems student athletes are often required to install on their phones. Tracking athletes did little to help them gain either an education or a professional career and backfired when they bypassed the system to reclaim some privacy. Tracking the student body at large is likely to follow suit, with dangerous consequences for public health. In addition, the existence of a surveillance environment is fundamentally in opposition to the mission of higher education to foster critical thinking and civic responsibility.

Writer: Zeynep Tufekci
Publication: The Atlantic