This op-ed was written by Albert Cahn, executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, a New York–based civil rights and police accountability organization.
For American colleges, Covid-19 has brought an existential crisis. They have wrestled for months with the question of reopening in the fall, balancing the benefits of in-person instruction against the deadly threat of the pandemic. But for many, the hemming and hawing may be for naught: The Trump administration has said it will pressure schools to reopen, and a heartless new ruling from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday may strip international students of…
On May 13, 2020, Twitter user “Clark,” a.k.a. @dm9wktlty2, posted the following: “Thank you @COLLEGEBOARD for releasing vital exam updates via Twitter….it really shows how much you care.”
OneZero is presenting an open letter penned by more than 150 college and university faculty, staff, and researchers. It was written in coordination with a national campaign to stop facial recognition on college campuses led by Fight for the Future, a nonprofit advocating for rights in the digital age, and Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the War on Drugs. The letter comes before a student-led national day of action on March 2.
To all campus administrators:
We are a group of academic faculty and staff who oppose the use of facial recognition on college…
College applicants and students can now check whether nearly 90 universities in the United States may use facial recognition on their campuses.
Technology activism organization Fight For The Future, as well as Students for Sensible Drug Policy, surveyed colleges asking if they would ever consider installing the technology. Representatives from 45 schools, including Carnegie Mellon University, Barnard College and MIT, said their colleges were not using the technology and wouldn’t in the future. The other schools did not respond or comment.
Privacy advocates have warned that facial recognition in public places removes the element of anonymity, meaning people can be…
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