Translate:
May 2019
M T W T F S S
« Apr    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
Support my site
Help me to keep my site going.


Northampton

University of Northampton ‘Tracking Students’ 24/7

University accused of using 'sinister' surveillance technology to track what websites its students are looking at

  • Vice-chancellor Nick Petford said its new Waterside campus 'pretty much knows what you're doing 24/7' 
  • He said system could even draw 'heat maps' of where groups were congregating
  • He also explained the attendance of overseas students was being monitored

The Mail on Sunday reported.......

A university was last night accused of using 'sinister' surveillance technology to track students and check what websites they are looking at. Northampton University vice-chancellor Nick Petford told a conference in London last week that its new Waterside campus 'pretty much knows what you're doing 24/7' thanks to its use of new technology.

Prof Petford said that the IT system at the campus could even draw 'heat maps' of where groups were congregating, based on which buildings students had accessed with their ID cards. He also explained that the attendance of overseas students at lectures was being monitored to check if they were obeying their visa requirements, and how the university kept an eye on every website visited by both staff and students in case they were accessing extremist material.

Northampton University was accused of using 'sinister' surveillance technology

Silkie Carlo, director of civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, told The Mail on Sunday: 'This sinister surveillance campus is the horrifying result of institutionalising counter-terrorism and border control policies into public education.

'Universities are supposed to be environments for freedom, exploration and learning, not security zones where students are constantly monitored.'

The University and College Union, the higher education trade union, said: 'The insidious use of big data to monitor staff and students on campus risks creating a culture of mistrust.'

A spokesman for the university said that the Waterside campus did not monitor which individuals accessed particular websites, nor did it look at social media feeds. He also denied that website data would be sent to Prevent, the Government's counter-radicalisation programme.

Comment:

The new waterside campus in Northampton sits by the side of the river Nene, which opened in September 2018 is an all new site, built from scratch. It is a shame that this sanctuary of learning is being used as an opportunity for further encroaching on people's civil liberty.

One of the fundamental cornerstone of learning, is to raise questions, to refute established facts and theories, which is how mankind has advanced historically. The fact that they are being monitored, their online activity tracked and cross-checked, in case it is in contravention of the narrative, that is sad day for learning.

Northampton & Lamport Railway

Located just to the north of Northampton, the Northampton & Lamport Railway is a steam and heritage diesel tourist railway in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside.

With approximately 1½ miles of running track alongside the Brampton Valley Way, a 14-mile linear park from Northampton to Market Harborough, you can not only ride one of their trains along the former line but walk along and watch the steam and diesel engines in action.

Read More

Northampton Beer Festival

The largest beer festival in Northamptonshire running for over 25 years. All of the county’s independent brewers, cider and spirit producers will be featured. Bottled ales and cider available, festival food and a music stage. Set in the historic grounds of Delapre Abbey House, Northampton.

   RANDOM ARTICLES

The conspiracy against E-Cigarettes?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW4duMgxEIo Although not harmless, the evidence is unequivocal that vaping is much safer than smoking. But misinformation and scaremongering could Read more.
Manos Loϊzos……his home
Manos Loïzos (Greek: Μάνος Λοΐζος) was considered to be one of the most important Greek Cypriot music composers of the Read more.
Posing tutorial
Learning to pose is the key to looking good! Read more.
Sex Offender Pardoned
A Paedophile was pardoned by the president, released from prison and allowed to return to live in the village where Read more.
Couple travelling the world
Cole and Dawn are travelling the world, one year at a time. I met them at The Mill Bar, in Peyia, Read more.
MPs seek say on ‘golden visas’
The Cyprus Mail reported……… A LEGISLATIVE proposal is to be tabled to the House plenum in January aiming to give Read more.
Facebook bans British anti-immigrant groups
Facebook has banned 12 high-profile, anti-immigrant British organizations and individuals including the English Defence League, the British National Party, Britain Read more.

Follow Me