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Stephen Downes

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Here's the story in a nutshell: "In October, the university quietly introduced heat sensors under desk without notifying students or seeking their consent. Students removed the devices, hacked them, and were able to force the university to stop its surveillance." This is cited as evidence that "surveillance has been creeping unabated across schools, universities, and much of daily life over the past few years." The article as a whole is a pretty good description of the incident at Northeastern University, an obscenity offered by Cory Doctrow (does that make him cool?), and an assertion that "infrastructure to act collectively—unions, strike funds, communication infrastructure—makes all the difference."

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