“Peak indifference”: Cory Doctorow on surveillance in education

Annika Burgess, Online Educa Berlin, Oct 28, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

“In the educational domain," writes Cory Dopctorow, "we see a lot of normalisation of designing computers so that their users can’t override them. For example, school supplied laptops can be designed so that educators can monitor what their users are doing. If a school board loses control of their own security or they have bad employees, there’s nothing students can do. They are completely helpless because their machines are designed to prevent them from doing anything.” This article is a preview of his talk at Online Educa Berlin on the topic. I will also be at OEB, looking forwarrd to this talk, and also doing a pre-conference workshop on the design of personal learning environments.

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