Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Gaggle Surveils Millions of Kids in the Name of Safety. Targeted Families Argue it’s ‘Not That Smart’

Stephen Downes

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This post continues recent investigations on the use of a product called Gaggle to spy on students. The sales pitch is that it helps prevent suicide, but examples show it also flagging students for using profanity, being gay, and other unrelated purposes. Critics argue that inappropriate messages are flagged, that the algorithm is inconsistent, and that it opens students to discrimination on the base of race, gender and other factors. It's also worth adding (for the people who always say 'but we need evidence...") that most of the data on the surveillance and its purported effectiveness are not being released. Good work from the 74.

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Last Updated: Jul 22, 2024 09:15 a.m.

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