“The rise of proctoring software is a symptom of a deeper mistake, one that we keep making in the internet age: using tech to manage a problem that is fundamentally economic.”
. ’s succinct reflection on AI proctoring & surveillance gets at a core problem of solutionism: appealing to values that should protect us, namely, ethics and privacy, can trivialize significant harms & obscure the real basis of problems.
Schools are training students to accept (literally) Orwellian surveillance as normal in order to prevent cheating: But as has explained, you can design assessment to remove incentives to cheat wouldn't that be better?
'"Exciting possibilities, right? But this sort of work is “much harder to grade,” Watters says...' I aim to make student annotations as easy to grade as is possible without reductive, mechanical, or invasive tactics. Authentic voices still ring true.