Some updates:

So I was contacted by the person responsible for the new system, who clarified the following points:

I deem this situation to be acceptable to me and, short of something else coming to light, will stop campaigning. While I cannot stop others from doing likewise, I do no longer feel that there is a need for them to do so. The original content of this page is retained below for reference, but you should bear in mind that it may not (or no longer) be entirely accurate.

Boycott the MyLboro app

Continued possession of a working, charged Android or iOS device should not be required for study.

This is not a protest against the process of tracking attendance per se, but one against the use of a smartphone application to monitor it. The aim of this protest is to demand a return to the use of paper registers for attendance monitoring through a mass refusal to use the new system, or at least the adoption of a system which mandates no hardware requirements on students beyond perhaps our own University-issued ID.

The protest itself is simple: log out from and log in as a guest to, or uninstall, or do not install, the myLboro app, and do not register attendance using the myLboro system. Your timetables can be found in-browser here, if you need them. You do this at your own risk, but it is to your advantage to get as many people on board with this as possible, and to make the existence of the cause as visible as possible to passive observers. With enough participants, and enough publicity, this will not be ignorable or suppressible.

You may wish to hand this to lecturers.

Some reasons for opposition

As with any movement, peoples’ motivations are likely to be many and varied. Some that come to mind for me are:

Why this manifesto?

If I were to refuse using the app on principle as a lone actor, this would likely have little effect other than possibly getting myself into trouble. I do not, however, perceive the introduction of this system to be positively viewed by my fellow students. With enough publicly visible adoption, enough public movement, and with the University being visibly proud of its high ratings for student experience so far, a protest having gained adequate momentum cannot simply be brushed aside.

If it be that we must advocate disobedience, then so be it. At least we would have stood for something in our lives.

Who am I

I am Thomas Hori (T.H.Hori-16), studying Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University. I got my first smartphone when I was 16½. Long before this, staff would occasionally assume that pupils, including myself and my sister, would have a smartphone e.g. for taking photographs. From this, I acquired a lasting hatred of the expectation that a person of my generation must necessarily have a working smartphone.

I do presently use one, but one which is presently damaged or defective in multiple ways. I do wish to remain at liberty to, in principle, stop using one.

Spread the word

You may wish to hand this to lecturers.

I invite and encourage you to do your part in raising the profile and prominance of this cause, both to potential joiners and to passive observers. You are encouraged to, for example, refer people to this page, or to distribute the following poster:

Poster and the same as multiple smaller handouts.

You should feel by no means limited to what I’ve come up with in this regard. You may feel at liberty to create your own posters to raise awareness, for example. Also, keep checking this page for further material.