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Making the University a Police State

Making the University a Police State
This weekend The Chronicle of Higher Education published an opinion piece by Michael Morris arguing that in the name of campus security campuses should start data mining all student internet traffic. Or as the not so subtle, fear mongering, almost fit for Fox News title says, “Mining Student Data Could Save Lives.” Morris’s article to put the matter bluntly is a phenomenally bad idea. Indeed his argument so ill conceived that it is difficult to know where to begin in exposing the problems. I even question The Chronicle’s choice to publish this piece. Yes, opinions are helpful for generating discussion, but a certain amount of competency should have to be cleared before The Chronicle is willing to co-sign your piece, even if done under the commentary section. Let’s start by being clear on what Morris is calling for. Technologically Morris doesn’t know what he is talking about and ethically he equates himself with some of the world’s most oppressive governments.

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Undercover police cleared 'to have sex with activists' Mark Kennedy had sexual relationships with several women while serving as an undercover policeman and infiltrating a ring of environmental activists Undercover police officers routinely adopted a tactic of "promiscuity" with the blessing of senior commanders, according to a former agent who worked in a secretive unit of the Metropolitan police for four years. The former undercover policeman claims that sexual relationships with activists were sanctioned for both men and women officers infiltrating anarchist, leftwing and environmental groups. Sex was a tool to help officers blend in, the officer claimed, and was widely used as a technique to glean intelligence. His comments contradict claims last week from the Association of Chief Police Officers that operatives were absolutely forbidden to sleep with activists. "Everybody knew it was a very promiscuous lifestyle," said the former officer, who first revealed his life as an undercover agent to the Observer last year.

Mining Student Data Could Save Lives - Commentary By Michael Morris He hadn't taken his medication in weeks—didn't need it. His clarity and focus over the past couple of months were sharper than they had ever been. As he stood in the hallway preparing to enter the campus library through a side door, his sweating hands firmly clutched the grips of the twin Glock 22 pistols he had ordered online. If only there had been a way to look into a crystal ball and see that this horrific confrontation was about to occur, it could have been prevented. In the aftermath of nearly every large-scale act of campus violence in the United States, investigation has revealed that early-warning signs had been present but not recognized or acted upon. Should Facial Recognition Software be used in Online Dating? A personalized PBS video experience is only a few clicks away. Use one of the services below to sign-in to PBS, and you'll be able to manage videos in your Watchlist, keep track of your favorite shows, watch PBS in high definition, and much more! You've just tried to add this video to your Watchlist so you can watch it later.

Do We Really Have To Prepare For The Fourth Box? As I watch the legislative abominations named SOPA, PIPA, and NDAA follow the lead of the DMCA and the Patriot Act in the United States, I realize that the worst possible scenario for civil liberties appears to actually be materializing. The internal talk within the Swedish Pirate Party has long been that it’s our job to prevent Europe from descending into totalitarian fascism. The United States is lost; it is beyond help and repair and will descend.

Southern fires campus police chief Posted: Apr 24, 2010 8:35 PM by Rob Krieger Updated: Apr 25, 2010 12:06 PM Source: WBRZ Southern University spent the past week without its Chief of Police after he was forced out on Wednesday. Former Chief Michael Morris says he was fired without warning. Facial-Recognition App Lets People Identify Passersby By Their Online Dating Profile Bridging the gap between social media and real-world interactions, NameTag is a facial recognition app that uses Google Glass’ camera to identify a passersby face, matching it with their online profiles. The developers intended the app to boost the experience of online dating, making it more personal. Dating sites like and can take their services to the streets, where people can find themselves exposed to a larger pool of potential dates.

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The New Road to Serfdom NB--this is an archived version of the very first essay I wrote on the internets, in 2004 (i think :). i've republished it here in 2012 (dis)honor of SOPA.The New Economics of Music: File-Sharing and Double Moral Hazard Part 1: Why the Music Industry is (Really) Broken ‘The whole point of digital music is the risk-free grazing’ – Cory Doctorow Every major label 's setting up an iTunes these days. They're all, in the immortal words of Johnny Cash, 'born to lose, and destined to fail'. Why?

We tried out the facial recognition software that will use to find people who ‘look like your exes’ At left: The photo we sent Three Day Rule. At right: The facial match they sent back. (TDR) The headlines read like a synopsis for Spike Jonze’s next romantic drama: In the approximate future — in a strangely pastel L.A. — romantic loss will simply cease to exist! That’s because is rolling out facial recognition technology that can find you a clone of your ex. Letter to President Yudof objecting to hiring William Bratton to investigate UC Davis pepper-spray incident – The Council of UC Faculty Associations November 27, 2011 President Mark G. Yudof University of California 1111 Franklin St., 12th Floor Oakland, CA 94607 Fax: (510) 987-9086 Dear President Yudof, The Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) protests your decision to hire the Kroll Security Group, and its Chairman William Bratton, to conduct what you call an independent investigation of police violence at UC Davis.