As schools use AI to monitor social media posts of students, students are being subjected to unavoidable infringements on their privacy, resulting in chilling effects on free speech. This article gives details.
A student is advocating for the Explain the Asterisk campaign, which would require colleges to document when a student has been kicked out for sexual or domestic violence or stalking, as opposed to plagiarism or cheating. Currently most schools just note that the student was dismissed for a rules infraction, citing FERPA.
In an excellently crafted OpEd, Margaret O’Mara writes about how privacy changed in the 1960s.
When there are less than 10 students who are proficient in a particular subject area, Baltimore City Schools will no longer give the exact percentage that is proficient. Previously the school system indicated there were 13 Baltimore high schools with zero students proficient in math or English. If one was aware a particular student attended one of those schools, it would be apparent that the particular student was not proficient. At the very least, this is a privacy concern. However, it also likely rises to the level of a FERPA violation.
The National Privacy Commission (NPC) of the Philippines has encouraged telecommunication firms to compete to ensure student data privacy is protected. Could this be a workable model for others to follow?