US universities use Social Sentinel to surveil protestors


At least 37 US colleges and universities, as well as numerous school district, have repurposed Social Sentinel (recently renamed Navigate360 Detect) to help campus police surveil student protests. The software is marketed as a safety tool that can scan students' social media posts and university email accounts to identify those who are at risk of harming themselves or others; adoption in schools has been fuelled by shootings. For public colleges, this use of the software creates a conflict between students' constitutional rights and the schools' duty to keep them safe.

Writer: Ari Sen and DerĂªka K. Bennett

Publication: Dallas Morning News