Proctoring Algorithms Are Failing

A New York Times report shows how students suffer when automated test proctoring systems fail

Students learning remotely for the first time are now being surveilled as they take tests by software that can lock parts of their computer and watch them through the webcam.

It’s a troubling system even when the software works correctly. But in a recent New York Times report, students say that they’re scared of being penalized for disorders, caring for siblings, or just having darker skin.

“I cannot imagine any larger disaster than spending the last four months of my life unemployed and uninsured during a global pandemic in order to study for an exam that I cannot take on exam day because of racist technology,” said one student.

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Senior Writer at OneZero covering surveillance, facial recognition, DIY tech, and artificial intelligence. Previously: Qz, PopSci, and NYTimes.