Beware The Seductive Power Of Surveillance | Techdirt

essie Hirsh has a great blog post about the seductive power of surveillance, covering how surveillance systems put in place with limitations and for the best of intentions almost always get abused, as it just becomes too tempting to use them to a much greater level. The example he discusses, of course, is the recent webcam scandal involving a school that used webcam images of a student at home in a disciplinary action. In that case, the “surveillance” was intended for recovering lost or stolen laptops only, but the mandate was allegedly “expanded” when an image taken (supposedly because a “loaner” laptop had been taken off campus) also showed the student eating candy that the school administrators thought were drugs.

via Beware The Seductive Power Of Surveillance | Techdirt.

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~ by Gary Austin on April 6, 2010.

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