secrets (Or why a bunch of kids just might save the 21 century by making it easier to cheat)
I’ve been asking people the same question over the past couple of days and have been getting wildly different opinions.
So let me run it by you.
So there is this company which checks papers written by students for plagerism. When schools sign up for the service what they do is enter the students paper into the database and it is compared with the millions of others already there.
Some students are looking at this as a violation of their intellectual property rights. Their work is being put into some huge compny database (without their consent) and Turnitin.com makes a profit by offering access to it.
Who’s right? The schools and the company or the kids?
Though the law and order crowd argue that it’s about stopping plagiarism the kids are right.
And actually it’s about a bigger issue.
I’ve written about it before but it didn’t seem to have much of an impact. People are still screaming about privacy as if the secrets can be put back into the giant privacy bottle.
It can’t. Too many businesses are based on giving out private information to those who can profit from it for a price. These businesses are not just people doing unscrupulous stuff like HP, but businesses doing legitimate business, like Nielsen tabulating television ratings.
The real fight should be about secrecy.
I should have access to all my information, and be able to decided who can use it. If I don’t want Turnitin.com profiting off of my work for the greater good of stopping plagiarism, I should have that right.
Before Wal-Mart sells my credit card buying habits to some soup company I should have to agree.
The problem is not privacy. The information is already out there, being collected, disseminated and sold.
The problem is secrecy.
I don’t know what nefarious use Citibank is using my information for.
And I should.
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