Pearson and surveillance of students

Pearson is apparently monitoring social media, to detect signs of cheating during exams. That's insanely creepy, and a horrible violation. "And for those who think "Well, its Twitter, its public", remember this: So is walking down the street. But is it OK for the government to monitor us with street surveillance cameras and send us fines for not crossing with the crosswalk?" via Pearson Caught Spying On Students. Big Brother Is Here....

March 15, 2015 · 1 min

on the Pearson/edublogs brouhaha

So it looks like Pearson sent a DMCA takedown notice to edublogs and their hosting provider. And edublogs' hosting provider crumbled and took down 1.4 million websites in response. To be clear, Pearson didn't take anything down. I'm guessing a legal intern or bot followed an algorithm (search for known strings, run a Whois, send email…). And the hosting provider, who should have told the legal intern to frack off and take their silly misguided takedown requests with them, decided to turn off websites rather than having to risk paying their own lawyers to fight the request....

October 17, 2012 · 2 min