The reporting apparatus has drawn criticism from members of the Free Speech Union, which has legally represented academics whose speech has been policed or silenced. Byrn Harris, legal counsel for the union, said the group is wary of a growing trend of higher education institutions allowing “sousveillance” – surveillance conducted by members within the group being monitored. He said: “This can include procedures that facilitate students telling tales on one another – even by encouraging the disclosure of private social media messages – as well as the sort of “sousveillance” reported at Lamda. It is overwhelmingly obvious to most people that surveillance not only will result in dull and unambitious teaching, but also carries deeply unpleasant reminiscences of totalitarian practice.”
Craig Simpson, The Telegraph, 20th August 2022.