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Elf on the Shelf is a fun and festive way to teach your child to submit to the surveillance state | Matt Beard

This Christmas, give the little ones a gift that keeps on giving – the feeling that someone, somewhere is always watching themImagine if every school in Australia introduced comprehensive surveillance technology coupled with facial recognition, and was able to assign a score to each student based on how good a “school citizen” they were.Students could access an app that provided them with feedback on things they’d done, or failed to do, throughout the day. The day-to-day data could then be collected and a general character assessment made of the child on, let’s say, a year-by-year basis. At the end of the year, maybe at presentation night, students would be told if they’d been “good” school citizens or not. Continue reading...


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