​Professor Michael Birnhack

Surveillance in a learning environment


The meeting point of two contexts, the educational and the social (media), results in some friction, especially in terms of privacy.  Ed-tech causes the two previously separate contexts to collapse into each other, with the result of reduced privacy of both students and teachers, but some positive educational potential, if treated carefully enough.  The talk will explore this relationship, using the Israeli case to illustrate policymakers’ confusion about the introduction of new technologies into the school environment. The current Israeli policy reflects an attempt to reconstruct the private/public division.  This is a reasonable approach, though its success in practice is yet to be established.​