School Surveillance and Privacy

  • David Rosen
  • Aaron Santesso


Because their populations are inherently vulnerable and unformed, schools cannot help but be test cases for the relation between surveillance and privacy. In this essay, we suggest that many current debates on the topic are ultimately semantic in nature, as vastly different practices—some empathetic, some coercive, some altruistic, some disciplinary—are all lumped together under a single term: surveillance. Our systems of education reflect many often conflicting ambitions (pedagogical, political, medical), each aligned with particular surveillance strategies and mechanisms. We argue that studies of educational surveillance must begin to draw distinctions between diverse surveillance practices and the motives that lie behind them, in order to better understand how students experience and appreciate privacy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Rosen
    • 1
  • Aaron Santesso
    • 2
  1. 1.Trinity CollegeHartfordUSA
  2. 2.Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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