Tag: Concerns

Classroom app ranks students on ‘set behaviours’

A new classroom application that ranks students based on behaviours, allowing teachers to “automate the task of recording classroom conduct” by monitoring and storing data, is raising concerns in Australia.

The program, ClassDojo, has now spread to over 25% of classrooms across the country and is set to expand with continued growth of the educational software market – estimated to be worth almost $8 billion.

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Expectant father and pro-choice advocate discuss vaccines

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? This is a question facing Australians families today, with many unable to seek open dialogue and information on the issue due to media propaganda, coercive legalities, social stigmas and increased penalties issued by authorities to those who advocate for freedom of choice.

On the latest episode of the General Knowledge Podcast, General Maddox and Andy from Real News Australia are joined by pro-choice activist, Allona Lahn, and expectant father Joel, as they discuss the vaccination conundrum that all new parents are now facing in society today.

Australia passes controversial anti-encryption laws

The Australian government has passed anti-encryption legislation compelling companies to grant authorities access to encrypted information, in a move analysts say will have vast implications for digital privacy.

The new law, which passed the Senate 44-12 this week (final bill here), will force companies to reveal technical characteristics of digital systems that could help intelligence agencies exploit weaknesses that have not been patched.

Parents opt-out of classroom technology amid privacy concerns

Australians have long moved past worrying about whether digital technology has a place in education, with schools, colleges and universities now replete with a catalogue of digital devices, systems and applications.

Because of this ubiquity, educational uses of technology tend to escape critical scrutiny and questioning, and most remain unaware of major privacy concerns raised when exploring how your children’s personal information is collected, stored and used at school.