VUB Chair in Surveillance Studies Seminar III: Panel discussion on Educational Surveillance

Visser, B. (Organiser), Van Brakel, R. E. (Chair), Seda Gürses (Participant), Ben Williamson (Participant), Valerie Steeves (Participant), Chris Gilliard (Participant)

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A panel discussion on educational surveillance with Seda Gürses, Chris Gilliard and Ben Williamson, moderated by Valerie Steeves.

Since the start of the 21st Century, schools have been increasingly implementing surveillance technologies, including CCTV, metal detectors, biometrics and online tracking, for a variety of different purposes that range from efficiency and safety to supporting a new pedagogy of personalised learning. The pandemic has intensified this trend, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom, although other countries are also slowly catching up especially in the context of the deployment by universities of proctoring software. What is becoming clear is that, like other surveillance technologies, educational surveillance contributes actively to social sorting and cumulative disadvantage of marginalized and vulnerable groups in society. Moreover, not only do these technologies exacerbate existing biases in society and impact social justice, they are changing schooling and pedagogy in unintended ways. This seminar will discuss current developments in educational surveillance in Europe and North-America and the social, ethical and legal issues that accompany them.
Period4 Feb 2021
Event typeSeminar
LocationBrussel, Belgium
Degree of RecognitionInternational