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A new breed of intelligent video surveillance is being installed in schools around the country — tech that follows people around campus and detects unusual behaviors.
Axios' Kaveh Waddell reports: This new phase in campus surveillance responds to high-profile school shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, last February. School administrators are now reaching for security tech that keeps a constant, increasingly sophisticated eye on halls and classrooms. One drawback: a major blow to student privacy.
Background: Schools are experimenting wildly with technology in order to secure students, deploying facial recognition, license plate readers, microphones for gunshot detection and even patrol robots.
The tech the district wants is benignly branded "intelligent video analytics." It's already popular with police and retailers; now, it's appearing in schools.
One company, Avigilon, sells these capabilities to school districts and universities, in addition to banks, hospitals and airports. Another, Pelco, announced last April that it will provide schools with an IBM version of intelligent video.
Increased surveillance stirs up some worry among students, teachers and privacy advocates.
Kenneth Preston, a Broward County high school student, says he supports surveillance tech that excludes facial recognition. (Broward County says it's not installing facial recognition.)
Just east of Nashville, in Wilson County, Tennessee, schools are brimming with security tech. Several schools have cameras in every classroom, teachers have panic buttons at hand, and students' online communication is monitored 24/7.
Union Station, Chicago, 1960. Photo: Bettmann Archive/Getty
College students from rural areas are moving to big cities for higher wages to help pay off their student loans, according to new research from the Federal Reserve.
Kaveh writes: A "rural brain drain" has been pulling college-educated people out of rural America and into urban areas, deepening an educational and political divide that is increasingly coming to define the country.
The average age of the U.S. rural population is going up, and the share of prime-working-age people is going down. Fewer people have college degrees, and more are unemployed.
Researchers studied student borrowers, following their path across America for several years after they started paying back their loans. They found that:
This pattern was on hold during the 2000s, but has taken off post-recession, the analysis said. David Chang, CEO of Gradifi — which consults for companies on their student loan repayment programs — said he's seen the pattern.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
As we've chronicled before, Big Tech is at war with itself. Now, Microsoft is pitted against Amazon on their home turf.
Axios' Erica Pandey writes: Microsoft announced that it would commit $500 million to building affordable housing in Seattle. In doing so, it showed up its neighbor Amazon, which fought publicly and bitterly with the city of Seattle over a per-employee "homelessness tax." Microsoft has grabbed all the kudos in Seattle, even though Amazon is involved in a slew of charities itself.
The infighting is even more pronounced in Silicon Valley, where Salesforce is battling Twitter, while Apple is going after Facebook and Google.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Microsoft's answer to Seattle's housing problem (Jay Greene — WSJ)
The world's slow drift from the dollar (Dion Rabouin — Axios)
The spike in anti-anxiety drug overdoses (Aimee Cunningham — Science News)
Why it's so hard to build quantum computers (Martin Giles — MIT Tech Review)
Populism stunts Indonesia's growth (The Economist)
Coney Island, New York. Photo: Getty
Forget the 7-minute masterpieces featuring multiple artists — the songs of the future are shrinking.
As streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music increasingly become the norm for listening to music, musicians — who get paid by the stream — are opting to record sub-3-minute tracks, according to Quartz' Dan Kopf. A lengthy opus earns the same dough as a quick hit, Erica writes.
By the numbers:
The bottom line: In 2000, the number of top 100 songs under 2:30 was 0. Today, slightly over 6% of the top tracks are that short.