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Stephen Downes

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The story is essentially in the headline, though it's hardly an exclusive (though this particular study may be). "Through artificial intelligence and a team of content moderators, Gaggle tracks the online behaviors of millions of students across the U.S. every day." The intentions are (in some cases) noble: trying to identify student mental health issues leading to suicide and self-harm, But flagging a student for reading a story that included the word 'underwear' isn't the way to do it. "District officials acknowledged that Gaggle had captured student assignments and other personal files, an issue that civil rights groups have long been warning about." And it's not clear that massive surveillance helps. "Effective interventions are rarely going to be built on that, you know, 'I saw what you were typing into a Google search last night'"

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