categoryMenu_new
 
  Home
  EXTRAORDINARY AH Teaching from Spiritual Hierarchy
  AbundantHope
  NEW READERS! Read Here First
  Supporting AH
  Leadership of AbundantHope
  Announcements
  Regional AH Sites
  Other Sites with AH material
  Contact Us
  Becoming A Messiah
  OUR PUBLIC FORUM IS OPEN TOO ALL
  Mission Ideas
  System Busting
  Cleric Letter/English
  Translations of Cleric Letter
  AH Member Writings
  Candace
  Ron
  Rosie
  Jess
  Brian's Poetry
  James
  Giuseppe
  Esteban
  Telepathic Messages
  Candace
  Jess Anthony
  Vince
  Leonette
  John
  Adam
  Bela
  Joyce
  Hazel
  Kibo
  Peter
  Rosie
  Johan
  Lucia
  Lucia G
  Rubens
  Shellee-Kim
  Ben
  Dorothea
  Solon
  Others
  Targeted Messages
  Hano
  Light Flower
  Changing The Face Of Religion
  - Phoenix Journals - PDF in German
  Candace on Religion
  Other Spiritual Pieces
  Spiritual Nuggets by the Masters
  Phoenix Journals
  Phoenix Journals - PDF
  Telepathic Messages PDF books
  Selections from the Urantia Book
  Illustrations For The Urantia Book
  CMGSN Pieces
  THE WAVE
  Environment/Science
  David Crayford and the ITC
  Health and Nutrition
  Podcasts, Radio Shows, Video by AH
  Political Information
  True US History
  Human/Animal Rights
  The Miracle That Is Me
 
  Education
  Resources
  911 Material
  Books - eBooks
  government email/phone #'s
  Self Reliance
  Video
  Websites
  Alternative News Sources
  Art and Music
  Foreign Sites
  Health and Healing
  Human/Animal Rights
  Scientific
  Spiritual
  Vegan Recipes
  Translated Material
  Dutch
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Jess
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Candace
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Anderen
  Artikelen/berichten
  French
  Canal Jess
  Par Candace
  Other Channels
  Articles
  German
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Candace)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Jess)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (div.)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Candace)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Jess)
  Spirituelle Schätze
  Italian
  Translations - Candace
  Translations - Jess
  Translations - Others
  Portuguese
  by Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Spanish
  Anfitriones Divinos
  Bitácoras Fénix
  Creadores-de-Alas (WingMakers/Lyricus)
  Escritos de Candace
  Escritos de Otros
  Monjoronsón
  Telemensajes de Candace
  Telemensajes de Jess Anthony
  Telemensajes de Otros
  Chinese
  By Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Korean Translations
  Hungarian Translations
  Swedish Translations

Search
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Education Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020 - 12:07:47 PM


Tech Company Quietly Keeps Millions of U.S. Students Under Surveillance
By Joe Wolverton II JD
Nov 3, 2019 - 9:40:14 PM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page Share/Bookmark

https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/33927-tech-company-quietly-keeps-millions-of-u-s-students-under-surveillance

Tech Company Quietly Keeps Millions of U.S. Students Under Surveillance

A shocking report filed by Buzzfeed reveals that one technology company has nearly five million U.S. students under surveillance and additional school districts enroll in the service every day, creating a "sprawling surveillance industrial complex that targets kids who can't opt out."

Gaggle is an Illinois-based tech company that begin in 1998 as an email client for students. It has since expanded not only its services, but its scope, as well.

The company's website describes its purpose:

Since the inception of Gaggle as a student email provider in 1998, the company has grown significantly adding products that help schools create safe learning environments. When asked why he chose the name "Gaggle," Jeff replies: "Our goal was to give teachers an easy way to watch over their gaggle of students." Jeff's vision of student-centric schools using cutting-edge technology to safely inspire creativity and ingenuity remains the driving force in Gaggle's ongoing story.

Why is it that every company or agency that keeps people under surveillance always claims that it's doing so for the sake of safety?

Gaggle claims to have save prevented "722 students from carrying out an act of suicide" in the 2019-2019 school year.

How does Gaggle accomplish this? Again, from the company's own press release:

"Districts understand that improving students' mental health is as important as keeping students physically safe on campus. As outlined in this white paper and the upcoming webinar, there are a number of ways in which schools are effectively supporting the well-being of the ‘whole child' and creating a safe physical and emotional learning environment for all students," said Patterson. "Day in and day out, we work with districts that are using Gaggle as part of a more holistic program to identify students who need interventions or require additional support services. Whether they call Gaggle their first alarm system or their safety net, it provides reassurance that they are doing everything possible to enhance their students' safety and well-being."

Is it just me, or does this process sound eerily similar to that used by the federal government to "red flag" people who might someday "mobilize toward violence"?

Put these pieces together and you will see that the surveillance state now has its eyes inside the classroom - and on students' online activity - and will be able to identify these potential "mass shooters" before they can spell "gun" much less fire one.

The Buzzfeed exposé describes how Gaggle gets its product into American classrooms:

Using a combination of in-house artificial intelligence and human content moderators paid about $10 an hour, Gaggle polices schools for suspicious or harmful content and images, which it says can help prevent gun violence and student suicides. It plugs into two of the biggest software suites around, Google's G Suite and Microsoft 365, and tracks everything, including notifications that may float in from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts linked to a school email address.

Such surreptitious surveillance should give pause to every American parent who drops their children off a school subscribing to Gaggle's services.

Furthermore, as the school district is Gaggle's client, parents cannot opt out of the surveillance. Sending your child to a school that subscribes to Gaggle is tacit permission for that company to keep tabs on your child's email, web searches, and all online activity.

As part of its investigative reporting, Buzzfeed examined hundreds of documents that told a story of unpublicized and unparalleled surveillance of children, without the prior permission of their parents.

But hundreds of pages of newly revealed Gaggle documentation and content moderation policies, as well as invoices and student incident reports from 17 school districts around the country obtained via public records requests, show that Gaggle is subjecting young lives to relentless inspection, and charging the schools that use it upward of $60,000. And it's not at all clear whether Gaggle is as effective in saving lives as it claims, or that its brand of relentless surveillance is without long-term consequences for the students it promises to protect.

Gaggle employs hundreds of people to sort through the data collected from students. These frontline monitors flag any questionable emails or Google searches. These "Level 1 Safety Representatives" look for words related to suicide, drug use, profanity, pornography, or any words considered hateful to the LGBT community.

Should a student upload any self-created image that Gaggle considered "child pornography," the child's information and his family's information is sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which maintains a database of child pornography."

It doesn't take a conspiracy theorist to see how this sort of designation could result in hundreds of American children being removed from their homes and placed in government-monitored and maintained foster care systems.

If one of these questionable words is found in an student's email or online activity, the student is flagged and his account is then scoured by another team of monitors. If a student is tagged once as being potentially problematical, then the administration is warned to watch the student.

Should a student's account be flagged three times, then the school's administration has the option of suspending the student's account, the prescribed punishment for violating Gaggle's "three strikes you're out" rule. This rule is described by Buzzfeed:

According to Gaggle, students who commit three strikes have their account privileges limited until a school official gives those privileges back. It's unclear if a student would lose email privileges in these situations, since it can be necessary for communicating with teachers and completing assignments.

Putting such systems in place in schools seems to have one purpose: Make students accustomed to being under constant surveillance while they are young, so that when they are adults, being watched is something so common they don't realize that their rights have been taken from them and thus they wouldn't think of protesting against any other surveillance program.

The last word goes to Sarah Roberts, a UCLA professor, who told Buzzfeed, "My sense about this particular suite of products and services is that it's a solution in search of a problem, which is to say that the only way that the logic of it works is if we first accept that our children ought to be captured within a digital system, basically, from the time they're sentient until further notice."

Photo: alvarez/E+/Getty Images




All writings by members of AbundantHope are copyrighted by
©2005-2020 AbundantHope - All rights reserved

Detailed explanation of AbundantHope's Copyrights are found here


Top of Page

Education
Latest Headlines
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
LA Teachers Union Holds School Openings Hostage
Trump vs The Ivy League
Penn State Deletes Tweet Welcoming Conservative Students After Outcry
"Our Children Should Be Educated, Not Indoctrinated" - Trump Threatens Tax-Exempt Status Of Leftist-Biased Colleges
In Their Eagerness to Destroy Trump, Dems Are Destroying Black Lives and Black Futures
Princeton University Faculty Seek to Establish Racial thought Police & Punish Insufficiently Diverse Disciplines
BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds Religious Schools’ Right to Hire, Fire Religious Teachers
California Faculty Demands "Free Tuition For All Black, Native, & Indigenous Students"
Netflix Orders Queer-Friendly Animated Children’s Series ‘DeadEndia’
Heralded Orchestra Conductor Traces Musical Gifts to Training in the Womb
An Astounding Tale of Slavery and Deceit: Yale University’s Madras Connection
Cambridge University Defends, Promotes Academic After 'Racist' Tweets Removed From Twitter
New Zealand Unveils Web Safety Ad Featuring Two 'Porn Stars'
UK School Apologizes After Asking 11-year-olds to Define ‘hardcore pornography’
The Work Of Pippa King
What is Celibacy?
Poor History Teaching Means Young Don’t Know Britain Stamped Out Slavery Worldwide
"Take Your Benzos, Watch Your Porn": Sunday Night Advice For Self-Righteous Failures
Why Does A Cartoon Sponge Need A Sexuality? Nickelodeon says SpongeBob SquarePants May be Gay