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Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines

Source: Drew Harwell, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

When Syracuse University freshmen walk into professor Jeff Rubin’s Information Technologies class, seven small Bluetooth beacons hidden around the lecture hall connect with an app on their smartphones and boost their “attendance points.”

And when they skip class? The SpotterEDU app sees that, too, logging their absence into a campus database that tracks them over time and can sink their grade.

Short-range phone sensors and campuswide WiFi networks are empowering colleges across the United States to track hundreds of thousands of students more precisely than ever before. Dozens of schools now use such technology to monitor students’ academic performance, analyze their conduct or assess their mental health.

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