Another Use for an Educational Tool?

by Wassim on March 10, 2013 - 5:44pm

According to an article titled “Keeping an Eye on Online Test-Takers” written by Annie Eisenberg and published by The New York Times on March 3, 2013, teachers are able to monitor online examinations.

Annie Eisenberg writes that teachers who perform their courses online have a reoccurring problem, how do professors know the online students aren’t cheating? Fortunately companies such as ProctorU, Signature Track, and Software Secure have created a solution!

According to Einsenberg, these companies monitor the students taking the exam through multiple mediums: “webcams, screen sharing and high-speed Internet connections, checking out their photo IDs, signatures and even their typing styles to be sure the test-taker is the student who registered for the class”. Though these services are used for educational purposes, can they be used for eavesdropping?

As a regular computer user, it is quite frightening to think that someone, somewhere, is able to watch me in the comfort of my own home. Imagine a world where nothing is private, where the entire world knows your daily routines, your personal information, and all your secrets. This technology is a step closer to a world similar to Orwell’s “1984”. Let’s just hope that these services stay educational and don’t become an eavesdropping tool.