Campus Reform reporter Ophelie Jacobson reveals that American universities are becoming surveillance states thanks to new tools that were given to students during the pandemic so that they could snitch on their peers.
“Universities should not be giving students the ability to snitch on each other – and certainly shouldn’t be encouraging it because there is already a sense of uneasiness on campus,” Jacobson says.
Jacobson then compares these policies to the tactics used in the novel 1984. “University administrations are turning into Big Brother – seeking to control and know everything about a student’s life, including personal medical information and speech. What was once considered a fictional book is now coming to life right in front of our very eyes,” Jacobson noted.
There’s much more to see. We’re not talking about isolated incidents, but rather sophisticated security systems, computer tools, apps, social media monitoring and more to keep a close grip on today’s college students.
Today’s students often have known nothing else. They are accustomed to tracking on their phones and security systems, but now a student can electronically report a student who did not wear a mask, report “suspicous” content on social media, and students can be locked out of buildings or even suspended if they disobey in any way.
It’s worth checking out whether you have a college student or not, as these same tools could soon be used in places that impact you.