Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lindy Matsko Lost Her Mind

First, the good news: even in these troubled economic times, there exist American public schools – like those of the Lower Merion district in the suburbs of Philadelphia – prosperous enough to distribute laptop computers to every kid enrolled in the high school.

Now the bad news: school officials could also afford to install webcams on those computers, and remotely activate the cams to spy on students and their families at home.
The rest of this piece is over at the Guardian’s America blog, where I also mention the ongoing case of Avery Doninger. They’re both symptoms of the same illness infecting schools today: administrators with spectacularly inappropriate notions of how far their authority extends over their students’ lives.


Blogger rhhardin said...

As long as they make the kids say the Pledge of Allegiance every day, I'm okay with them.

5:13 AM  
Anonymous Cap'n NoStar said...

The part of me that keeps a tin foil hat handy for emergencies is convinced that the gubmint can turn on our webcams without activating the "on" light.

However, that's a problem easily fixed with masking tape or even a post-it note. Using scotch magic tape will give the spies a headache from viewing a fuzzy picture for hours on end.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Wayne said...

Back in the day, I recall cameras actually came with a sliding door on them. One of the reasons was so that they could sell them. Folks were worried about privacy. I still get antsy when I look at my camera... just sitting there... staring... at me...

5:43 AM  

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