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S&S = NSA?
The other day when we reviewed the experience that befell the Freshman at the hands of Dartmouth’s Safety & Security private guard service and the Town of Hanover Police department, we noted that he had been tracked using the College’s Direct Access system. Each time he swiped his student ID to enter a dormitory, S&S was made aware of his location — a type of surveillance that a previous Dean of Residential Life had publicly promised would not occur.
Well, it turns out that some students believe that Direct Access is not the only way S&S can track you. The complicated registration profile required to access the Dartmouth Secure Wifi network, it seems, enables S&S’ computer folks to track individual students with even more precision.
Before the implementation of Dartmouth Secure, the Dartmouth Public network let users on without specifically identifying themselves. Dartmouth Secure is just the opposite. Your security certificate lets it know who and where you are.
The student response? Some undergrads swap the ID information used to log on to the network. That way when S&S is looking for John, they will find Jane, and vice versa. Clever. As long as John uses Jane’s ID and Jane John’s, there is no way that the College can know that they have gamed the system.
Addendum: Your cellphone can be tracked with extraordinary precision, as this NYT story and video, Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell, notes:
Like dozens of other brick-and-mortar retailers, Nordstrom wanted to learn more about its customers — how many came through the doors, how many were repeat visitors — the kind of information that e-commerce sites like Amazon have in spades. So last fall the company started testing new technology that allowed it to track customers’ movements by following the Wi-Fi signals from their smartphones.
If the College used the same system, it could follow you (or at least the person using your ID) around the campus in real time, and it could keep a record of your location on a second-by-second basis.
Dartmouth, do you know where your students are?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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