In the realm of international cybersecurity, “dual-use” technologies are capable of both asserting and eroding human rights. Facial recognition can identify a missing child, or make anonymity impossible. Hacking can save lives by revealing key information about a terrorist attack, or enabling dictators to identify and imprison political dissidents.
The same is true for gadgets. Your smart speaker facilitates pizza ordering and music listening, but it also helps tech giants track you even more closely and target you with more ads. Your phone’s GPS can tell you where you are and transmit that data to advertisers and, sometimes, to federal government.
Tools can often be acquired for one purpose, then, over time, used for another.
These subtle changes are so common that when a thought conservatively in Nevada last month he suggested sending teachers carry body cameras to make sure they didn’t teach the critical theory of running, I thought it was ridiculous, offensive, and entirely feasible. The body cameras were meant to keep an eye on the cops, but they also was used by police to falsify their encounters with the public.
Days later, “body cameras” tended to Twitter after Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson he approved of the idea. Anti-CRT educational bulletins, which are already passed in states like Iowa, Texas, and my home state, Arkansas, he continued to gain momentum. Now, I expect through these factors to include funding for the devices because really no idea is too absurd for the surveillance state.
The logic (as long as a logic has been applied) is that teachers are being forced by far-left activists to teach students to resist patriotism and instead to hate America because of the sin of centuries of chattel slavery. Body cameras would allow parents to monitor whether their children are being indoctrinated. (There are more support in order this that did you he might think.)
As it is told by The AtlanticAdam Harris, u recent rebranding of critical theory of race as an existential threat dates back about a year and a half.
By the end of 2019, a few schools in the country have started adding extracts from U New York Times‘1619 Project for its history curriculum, outraging many conservatives who rejected the core thesis that reshaped American history around slavery. The awakening of interest in diversity and anti-racist training following the assassination of George Floyd has prompted some conservative writers to complain about secret re-education campaigns. (Ironically, the black men and women who actually lead these trainings are ambivalent about whether they will cause lasting changes.)
And so, everything from reading lists to diversity seminars has become a “critical theory of race,” far removed from the origins of CRT in the 1970s as an analysis of the legal system by the late historian of Harvard Law Derrick Bell.
Here’s what makes it so interesting to turn to surveillance to ban CRT: a poorly defined amorphous problem responds to a poorly defined amorphous solution, the battlefield is ironically schools, which have embraced surveillance a lot in recent years.
The consequences of the shooting of Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 led to a boom in “hardening” schools, often using surveillance: Schools have begun to equip iris scanners, shot detection microphones, facial recognition for access, and weapon detection robot. Online, schools are turning to social media surveillance (on and off campus) that ping staff each time student positions are included words associated with suicide or shooting When Republican lawmakers forgot to have a conversation about weapon control, funding more oversight and officials in schools become an alternative.
When the pandemic hit, school closures became a surveillance cause. Schools have started buying proctoring software that is based on facial recognition as well screen surveillance. Then, when the schools reopened, the surveillance companies he started another pitch. This time, the same anti-shooting surveillance software can detect if students are wearing masks or failing at social distances. Dual uses abound.