In the kingdom international cybernetics, Dual-use technologies they are capable of both affirmation and erosion of human rights. Face recognition they can identify a missing child or disable anonymity. Hacking can save lives by revealing key information about a terrorist attack or empower dictators to identify and imprison political dissidents.
The same goes for devices. Yours smart speaker makes it easy to order pizza and listen to music, but it also helps technology giants follow you even more closely and target you with multiple ads. Your phone’s GPS can also know where you are and pass that information on to advertisers, and sometimes federal government.
Tools can often be purchased for one purpose and over time for another.
These subtle shifts are so common that when a a conservative think tank in Nevada last month he suggested that teachers be ordered body cameras to ensure they don’t teach a critical theory of race, I found it ridiculous, offensive and completely feasible. Body cameras were supposed to keep an eye on the cops, but they were they were used by the police for false representation their meetings with the public.
A few days later, “body cameras” found themselves on Twitter after Fox News taught Tucker Carlson supported the idea. Accounts for teaching against CRT, which have already passed in countries like Iowa,, Texasand my home country, Arkansas, he continued to gain momentum. Now I half expect these bills to involve financing the device because really no idea is too absurd for the state of supervision.
The logic (to the extent that any logic is applied) is that far-left activists forced teachers to teach students to resist patriotism and instead hate America for the age-old sin of slavery. Body cameras would allow parents to monitor whether their children are indoctrinated. (Here more support for this him you could think.)
As he recounted Atlanticis Adam Harris, The recent rebranding critical theories of race as an existential threat date back about a year and a half.
In late 2019, several schools across the country began adding excerpts from The New York Times‘1619 Project for their history curriculum, many conservatives are outraged who rejected the essential thesis that reshapes American history around slavery. The rise in interest in diversity and anti-racism training following the assassination of George Floyd has prompted some conservative writers to complain about secret re-education campaigns. (Ironically, blacks and men actually leading these trainings are ambiguous about whether it will cause lasting change.)
Thus, everything from reading lists to seminars on diversity has become a “critical theory of race,” which is extremely far from the origins of the 1970s CRT as an analysis of the legal system of the late Harvard historian Derrick Bell.
This is what turning to surveillance to ban CRT makes it so interesting: a poorly defined, amorphous problem encounters a poorly defined, amorphous solution, and ironically they are the battlefield of schools, which have embraced surveillance in recent years.
Consequences of the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting led to prosperity in “hardening” schools, often by applying supervision: schools began to equip themselves iris scanners, shot detection microphones,, face recognition for access and detection of weapons robots. Online, schools have turned to social media surveillance (inside and outside campus) that drives staff whenever student posts include words associated with suicide or shooting. While Republican lawmakers avoided having talk about gun control, funding for greater oversight and school staff has become an alternative.
When the pandemic hit, school closures became a reason for surveillance. Schools have started buying proctoring software that relies on face recognition and even screen control. Then, as the schools reopened, supervisory firms started another field. This time, the same anti-shooting surveillance software can detect whether students are wearing masks or deviating from social distance. There are plenty of dual uses.