BIOMETRIC DATA MINING IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

GUEST POST: BIOMETRIC DATA MINING IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

(Note: We rarely get guest posts, but in this case, a public school teacher sent me an email regarding the gathering of biometric data during standardized testing. I asked this individual, M.E., to write a guest post for the subject, and the individual gracefully consented.):

In United States, a general education teacher or an intervention specialist is required to complete a requisite number of hours for “professional development” as per state mandated guidelines. This academic school year came to a precipitous end with the advent of the “COVID-19 Scamdemic” and so did any chance of “in house” in-service days. In-service days are when a district invites “specialists” from a myriad of fields ranging from psychology and technology to human services and non-profit organizations in order to, in this author’s humble opinion “indoctrinate” teacher’s with nonsensical, tangential and often superfluous “differentiated behavior strategies and techniques” or iniquitous “gender neutral” language programs in order to not marginalize “gender fluid” students. The amount of chicanery is often both mesmerizing and disconcerting however, with regards to “distance or virtual learning” we were asked to participate in a fifteen hour Google Inc. certification course that was proctored by a seemingly innocuous third party entity that calls itself ProctorU.

ProctorU is an online examination software that exults “ProctorU, established in 2008 in Hoover, Ala., was founded by Jarrod Morgan to proctor the online exams of Alabama-based Andrew Jackson University using basic webcams and screen-sharing technology. Andrew Jackson University, Troy University, California Southern University and Western Governors University were among the first institutions to employ the Hoover-based firm.”. ¹ ProctorU is used primarily in the United States by public K-12 schools and universities in order to "proctor" exams with no one present. In February 2019, ProctorU announced Google Inc. as a client ² and in June of 2019 announced that they had partnered with Google Inc. ³ During this author’s paid examination, ProctorU required that I concede them access to: my screen, my internet browsing history, my location, my biometric facial data via webcam, my keyboard strokes, and allow them to install scripts on my hard drive, all in the guise of "academic integrity" and to thwart “academic impropriety”. Furthermore, to corroborate what the artificial intelligence was observing through access to my web cam, it asks you to prove that you are “who the artificial intelligence is observing” by providing a state license or other government employee identification in order to corroborate accurate biometrical details. You cannot block access of your address, date of birth, license plate number or it will not validate that identification. It must be your entire driver’s license front. You can find ProctorU’s privacy policy for California and the “rest of the world” in the references section of this article. Needless to say, I as a “privacy advocate” and a person who does not participate in social media and use my “smart/slave phone” tepidly (and with a VPN) find this invasive, disconcerting, and unethical for a plethora of reasons, the primary being: NO government, employer or nebulous third party entity should have access to my biological features PERIOD. The fourth amendment of the United States Constitution (whether it has merit at present is questionable, but this author still believes in it’s validity) states no improper illegal searches and seizures, and that would include the property that is your unique biological and physiological make up. Corporations understand this and the ONLY way they can retrieve that is through you agreeing to the “terms of services”, translation - your CONSENT in return for using their services, coerced or for personal pleasure is immaterial, they must have your consent in order for them to retrieve your personal and private data as they would need a warrant to acquire it otherwise.

One thing to note is that the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), filed a complaint with their institutions administration that delineated use of ProctorU cease and as well as use of “any other private service that either sells or makes students’ data available to third parties.”⁴ ProctorU, countered this with hiring lawyers that sent university lawyer’s a claimed was “an erratic letter invoking a litany of legal theories: defamation, copyright, trademark, and a hodgepodge of other claims that make appearances. The letter goes on to accuse the faculty association of undermining “emergency efforts to mitigate civil disruption” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.” ⁵ Further privacy breaches have been lobbied against ProctorU that should make a discerning person contemplate whether the Google Inc. partnership with the fledgling service is influencing academic institutions to use ProctorU or other similar artificial proctoring services like Pearson’s VUE. To note there are a plethora of other services students, parents, teachers and professors should be privy to (*Note: those companies can be found below in the “for further inquiry” section) and be ever vigilant and mindful that this IS where education is going and this convenient “scamdemic” is ushering in this new digital education era with efficacious expediency.

To conclude, in 1903, John D. Rockefeller created the General Education Board which facilitated compulsory schooling in the United States. Rockefeller has been quoted as stating, “I don't want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers”. If one thinks about the present climatological paradigm, and the proliferation of “smart technology”, ubiquitous data tracking via a “beta internet of things”, the hasty unveiling and installation of 5G technology, the avarice of the “elite” to digitize currency and the wanton to facilitate a “social credit system” much like China’s, an ideal place to begin inculcating minds is the education system. This is especially true of “young minds”. Common Core was the final bastardization of public education. Parents surrender their children over to teacher’s with good faith that their children are in the safety of professionals who will uphold ethical standards and educate their children so that they can participate in the greater society eventually. Unfortunately, far too many educator’s (in this author’s experience) are not apprised to the iniquity that has permeated all education, including “higher academia”, and that they are being used to spew “propaganda”, not critical inquiry or discernment. Further still, many educators are willfully ignorant to how digitized systems have been used as a weapon against humanity and blindly follow their marching orders given by administrations, politicians and corporations. No disclosure information is given to parents about their children being subjected to having their unique biometric information confiscated by technology companies and other government entities that is aggregated into a data base. In return, parents are ignorant to what their children are being exposed to and “taught”, including, some as young as three years of age, being enrolled in a Google classroom, with a Google email account attached to their student identification that will be with them throughout their entire academic career in the public school system (and might follow them into post-secondary and high education institutions). The possibilities for moral turpitude is limitless. We as educators, parents (or both) must ask ourselves: “Is this technology really beneficial for my students, my children, and myself? What is my school district doing with my children’s or student’s data? Am I okay with any entity owning my child’s physiological and biological information in the guise of “academic and technological differentiation?” It is our responsibility to protect young people from being harmed by predatory and parasitical entities, if we fail to do so, they will live in a dystopian world far beyond any thing that synergistic coalescence of Huxley and Orwell could envision.

Sources

1.) ProctorU. “ProctorU Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary.” ProctorU, 23 Oct. 2018, www.proctoru.com/industry-news-and-notes/proctoru-celebrates-10th-anniversary.

2.) Thornton, William. “ProctorU Partners with Google on Certification Program.” Al, 1 Feb. 2019, www.al.com/business/2019/02/proctoru-partners-with-google-on-certification-program.html.

3.) Patchen, Tyler. “ProctorU Expands Online Proctoring Partnership with Google .” Bizjournals.com, 25 June 2019, www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/news/2019/06/25/proctoru-expands-online-proctoring-partnership.html.

4.) Steinbaugh, Adam. “ProctorU Threatens UC Santa Barbara Faculty over Criticism during Coronavirus Crisis.” FIRE, 27 Mar. 2020, www.thefire.org/proctoru-threatens-uc-santa-barbara-faculty-over-criticism-during-coronavirus-crisis/.

5.) Steinbaugh, Adam. “ProctorU Threatens UC Santa Barbara Faculty over Criticism during Coronavirus Crisis.” FIRE, 27 Mar. 2020, www.thefire.org/proctoru-threatens-uc-santa-barbara-faculty-over-criticism-during-coronavirus-crisis/.

Links for Further Inquiry

Artificial Intelligence Proctoring Companies including ProctorU:

Software #1: Mercer | Mettl

Software #2: ProctorU

Software #3: Examity

Software #4: Verificient

Software #5: AIProctor

Software #6: ExamSoft

Software #7: Proview

Software #8: Conduct Exam

Software #9: ProctorExam

Software #10: PSI Bridge

Software #11: Pearson VUE

Software #12: MeritTrac

Software #13: Honorlock

I implore anyone, not just parents and teachers to not forget our young people.

Proctor U Privacy policy for California:  https://www.proctoru.com/ca-privacy-policy

Proctor U Privacy policy rest of the world: https://www.proctoru.com/privacy-policy

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28 thoughts on “GUEST POST: BIOMETRIC DATA MINING IN PUBLIC EDUCATION”

  1. The Party (that communist group with Chinese characteristics over there masquerading as a nation) finds the short history of the United States an anathema to their twisted doctrine. An affront to their efforts of hegemony. Though not anything new, their actions are within this Republic and engaged in subversive activities to undermine the nation unawares. Becoming less so as they’re exposed all because of a microbe of their doing.

    Data mining has been the Party’s goal for some time, well within the US through tactical infiltration methods, one of them like that Confucius group under the guise of higher education to say little about Wall Street and K Street. Their unconventional “Unrestricted Warfare,” is quite apparent and can no longer be ignored as rumor. Three facets include, psychological, legal, and media. Each of them intertwined in that larger “Unrestricted Warfare,” united front.

    Just as handheld phones substitute as mobile global positioning system units (GPSU’s), laptops and PC’s equipped with cameras and microphones, (and those phones) act as surveillance and surveilled units via cloud connectivity. Each has an internet provider address attached to them as well as equipment and component serial number identifiers (so that the user can conveniently save data to their devices for easy tracking and login, of course) for presumably reputable agencies. One does not exclude those three letter agencies, either, as they’re opportunists in such matters. Those seeking control like it when the generally dumbed down public (GDDP) focus their attentions and distract to a concocted shiny object away from more nefarious maneuvers. They snoop the connectivity of the web regularly, gaining skill sets on how to better manipulate end users. Examiners, at least some educational examiners, presumably for continuing education standards are no less susceptible or unwittingly involved. Some with a team of attorneys to sleuth out what they can do using law as their access point as if with a separate funding source especially for wielding that shiny object of distraction. One need not mention propaganda tactics that already permeate electronic communications. That verbal media driven battle rages on.

    It’s no stretch to assert that the more data acquired on any Un-suspecting individual the more compromised that individual can become given a directed tweak. Especially, at the upper echelons of higher education, for instance. Why group task when one well positioned can serve the Party and its affiliates. Tweaks now come in many shapes, forms, and guises so numerous as to seem over whelming, at least, at first. The data returns help them focus on those who would well serve the Party – you know, like that Harvard chemist and many more like him scattered around the 50 States. One would need an army to keep track of all compromised, . . and the Party, along with its allies, has it. It’s been going on for some time. There IS a war going on. It is unconventional “Unrestricted Warfare.”

  2. and the “New World Order” doesn’t continue to advance it’s agenda under our very eyes?- when will enough people awake up and stop this?

    Larry in Germany

  3. anakephalaiosis

    Advanced spiritual criminality involves CONSENT, as a part of luring, into taking a bite of a false fruit.

    On the other hand, capturing a snake involves a stick, that is split at the end, like a snake tongue.

    It is important to understand the language problem, and that only 1/4 of English words are actually English.

    To name is to claim, in Old English and Old Norse.

  4. On this Fourth of July, a ‘third option’:
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/america-heading-civil-war
    “To summarize, if Trump is still in the White House in 2021, get ready to fight back against leftist mobs as well as martial law measures. If you believe in freedom, realize that fake conservatives that support government tyranny will be as much a problem as Marxist lefties. If Biden enters the White House, expect him to immediately implement unconstitutional policies including medical tyranny, gun confiscation and martial law. Either way, it ends in war.

    It’s also the classic false choice narrative: You can choose Marxism and communism, or you can choose fascism. Communism being the elevation of the weak and the oppression of the strong in the name of arbitrary ‘equality’, and fascism being the elimination of the weak or less fortunate in the name of making more room for the strong. Both sides rely on totalitarian government to assert dominance, and both sides benefit the elitist establishment.

    The great con is that there is no third option, when there is: the non-aggression principle, citizen defense, voluntarism, and freedom.”

    (Any odds on the “Phoenician Navy” being behind all of this?)

    1. anakephalaiosis

      Abstract “-isms” are not the original way, to express realms of the mind, as inner topos:

      -hood is cover of forest.
      -ing is open land.
      -ship is surrounded by water.
      -ness is peninsula (Old Norse!), partly surrounded by water.
      -dom is gathering place for agreement.
      -law is body of water, bridled by law!

      Compared to the imaginative richness of Old English, the “-isms” of modern slave tongue is a fatigue folly.

      One should not sell oneself short.

  5. So how exactly did the Irish who survived Ireland through the 1800’s survive? Starting to look Irish everywhere again (except Sweden and Japan?).

  6. Loxie Lou Davie

    Here I go again!!!

    Cyrus A. Parsa is TRYING to warn us all that A.I. is about to take over humanity….maybe that is what has already happened??? His book: “Artificial Intelligence Dangers to Humanity”

    There are now a number of people who have started what might be called “Freedom Cells”. A group of people come together & form a community completely detached from the borg mentality & self sufficient in every way!! That is one way to make sure your children are not “mined”!!

    At this point in time, there is no New World to flee to as The Pilgrims did…..now we are forced into Space to form our new communities!! Some are already there, whether we want to admit it or not!! 😉

    1. Food might be a problem there. Farms and processing plants are being shut down over cv1984 in Canada and US.

  7. Frightening… If I had children, I’d be fighting to make sure the government doesn’t outlaw homeschooling (that’ll be next), or else preparing to emigrate!

    “No disclosure information is given to parents about their children being subjected to having their unique biometric information confiscated by technology companies and other government entities that is aggregated into a data base.” How can that be legal? I wouldn’t have thought minors could legally consent to have their biometric data collected and used. Or have they found some perverse way around that too??

    1. Homeschooling will be taking off. I know people who already decided to homeschool after finding out local districts will be requiring masks and social distancing and on. Imagine how many parents will home school after the second (released virus) hits in the fall (see below).

      https://vaxxter.com/dr-fauci-is-no-nostradamus-how-covid-19-ran-amok-under-his-watch/

      The already broke and sinking school districts will rejoice in reduced rolls and bank up their layoffs for reduced payroll, pensions and insurance. Who here thinks there won’t be a tsunami of homeschoolers either afraid of the schools’ increasing medical martial law or afraid of the invisible monster that will attack their families? And then will there suddenly appear new laws requiring homeschoolers to use GULAG’s online systems? And more vaccines?

      1. SchwarzenStein

        Absolutely correct! I think we will witness a significant rise, or perhaps creation of a black market in education. Parents, especially millennials, are realizing that the public school system and even some private ones are no longer safe to send their children. At best they will reach “graduation”(gradual indoctrination) from high school as basically stupid, and at worst could be taught how to masturbate in the 4th grade, learn all about “gender fluidity” until one day they come home and tell you that they are now a boy, or vice versa a girl, and that you must address them by the appropriate pronoun….Or they will call CPS. With futures like this for their child’s education, they will be looking for teachers, and by “teachers” I don’t mean anyone with EDU after their name or any kind of “teacher certification” I mean people who are proficient, patient, and passionate about a discipline, and are willing and able to guide, teach, and *profess* that discipline to the young people, who are ready and eager to learn. I for one look forward to the day……..

    2. Almost forgot – look to Sweden for what and how the government can and may do.

  8. marcos toledo

    Scamdemic I kind of like that word combined with my Econodemic says it all. Having access to a good library be it public, school or your own is a necessity since schools be they public or private are selling a party line. We are to be Borged into the NWO whether we like it or not.

  9. The sub-humanist rollout is going on under cover of the filthy duplicitous scamvid 1984 – whilst many are sat staring bug-eyed at the netflix reality show that is veruca-19, GooBates Inc., are busy DARPArising the kids and the Rottenchilds’ errand boys have filched every small business and pickpocketed every pocket on the planet. These are not capitalists; these are criminals, cowards, liars and thieves stealing the ground from the unborn.. when the actual chipping aka vacksing starts, then the masks will be coming off..

  10. Robert Barricklow

    In “our” maskquerade society education is pervasive. It seeps into our minds, bodies and spirits like a thief into the dark, silent night. Yet, “we” see/understand some of this education destruction deluge and think we can control its damage to our very being. Yet, these masks, these biometric signatures, these 5G energies are being touted again and again as beneficial. That this is for “our” own good.
    One easy tell tale sign of the deadly arrow fired into the dead of night are the places where it strikes. For example language. Intervention specialist. Sounds like a bloody operation. It is. Requisite number. Professional development. Like education is a science and the young are the requisite guinea pigs for professional development ops. Not art to it. Indeed, art is verboden. Or, I should clarify that; “real” art.
    I’m w/Groucho on this maskquerade of ops; whatever it is, I’m against it. Unfortunately, whatever constantly enters into the daily life soon becomes an unnoticed part of it.
    True to form, professional are now teaching their replacements: robots[be they mechanical, or software, or both. True to form; the human has been rendered obsolete. The student is therefore being prepped for the “hive”.
    I’m afraid I only got to “in-service days”…
    Like the white rabbit; I’m late again…

    White Rabbit

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Just got back.
      On the bus I was riding a couple were pointing out landmarks saying, I remember when that was… “.
      When I got off the bus I remarked to them, “Before too long, you’ll be able to say, ‘ I remember when being human…, was human’.
      And Google’s, ‘Do No Evil’? Like any corporation, when they tell all the things they’re going to do; put down your paper and pen. When they tell you what they’re not going to do; pick them back up, and write. They’re now telling you exactly what’s going to happen.

      How tortuous it must be; to be a heartfelt teacher truly dedicated to her craft; and be in the midst of a spiritual warfare to capture young mind, and effectively imprison them. Then, too add insult to injury; to demand you stop being a spiritual guide in their learning, and become an assimilated inhuman teacher of young minds.
      It wants you to prove to the inhuman AI that your still human; and worthy of being assimilated[Orwellian to the brave new world’s core].
      To continue to read your post, is tough. Simply because I know this enemy of mankind. Evil to the core. Or, poetically here: rotten to the core.
      As in the classic black & white celluloid Bela Lugosi Dracula; he must be invited in, otherwise he can’t cross your living spirit’s threshold.
      How would anybody trust anything associated w/covid1984? A new normal? A new education method; due to covid1984? You’d have to be literally stupid.
      A not-for-profit decentralized internet network shape-shifted in a few years to a highly centralized, for-profit, sophisticated network.
      Education is undergoing a similar shape shift; where young minds are reaping huge data profits, while the minds are being corralled into a hive for controlled mind slaves.

      Please invite me in;
      and walk into my virtual classroom.

  11. After reading the above post, I find this rather worrying.

    https://www.pearson.com/uk/about-us/news-and-policy/news/2020/05/pearson-starts-to-deliver-secure-english-language-testing.html

    London 21 May 2020 10am: Pearson, the world’s learning company, has announced that people looking to work or live or study in the UK can now start to book PTE tests in a number of locations worldwide to help them prepare for this move.

    Today the UK Government approved Pearson to open bookings and start delivering Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) in an initial 20 locations, including China. Bookings can be taken at all 20 locations, with 11 of the locations open to deliver testing, and the remaining 9 to open once individual COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

  12. Knowledge is power, information is knowledge…those wanting power will want all the information they can get, legally, illegally and passively. Absence of truth requires power.

  13. anakephalaiosis

    When education and indoctrination becomes indistinguishable, one withdraws to fundamental principles, that define individual and society.

    Rewriting the social contract is – in terms of law – to define law itself, and the objects, that law applies to. To accomplish this, one uses the Ryne-Stafas tool box.

    The whole point of pedagogics is to learn useful skills. What is more useful, than ability to control the basic fabric of reality, by power of definition?

    Who do you call? The Babel Busters! Linguistic Affektenlehre of grassroots:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/pnz9jpb73u1gfla/druidry-for-dummies.pdf

  14. In my humble opinion, Google Inc. has intentionally spawned a number of “seemingly innocuous third party entities” as plausible-deniability cutouts, one of which calls itself ProctorU. This is a known behavior of alphabet agencies, to both obfuscate their agendas and to throw under the bus if their agenda is discovered.

    In my humble opinion, we are seeing an end-game ‘push’ towards information dominance, as the alphabet agencies like to term it. (I recommend readers view the Bourne series of movies, in terms of how the information is collected/correlated/used by said agencies.) Either they believe their end-goal is within reach, or their egos have grown beyond their skulls. Interesting Times…

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