EDUCATIONAL SPYWARE COMPANY TO SCHOOL BOARDS: HIRE US TO SPY ON YOUR KIDS AND WE'LL HELP YOU SABOTAGE TEACHERS' STRIKES | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

EDUCATIONAL SPYWARE COMPANY TO SCHOOL BOARDS: HIRE US TO SPY ON YOUR KIDS AND WE'LL HELP YOU SABOTAGE TEACHERS' STRIKES

SOURCE: BOING BOING
Gaggle is one of a handful of creepy companies that sell surveillance software to school districts, which monitor every keystroke and click on school networks -- they’re the latest evolution in spy-on-kids tech, which started off by promising that they’d stop kids from seeing porn, then promised they could end bullying, and now advertise themselves as a solution for school shootings, under the banner of being a "Safety Management Platform."

Gaggle has plenty of competition from the likes of Securely and Goguardian. The whole sector has undergone a massive buzzword-compliance overhaul and added "AI" to their products, using algorithms to decide which student keystrokes are worthy of being flagged as suspicious.

But Gaggle appears to be unique in promising to help school board detect unrest among teachers so that the wave of teachers’ strikes can be headed off by management. In a deleted blog post, Gaggle wrote, "Think about the recent teacher work stoppage in West Virginia. Could the story have been different if school leaders there requested search results for ‘health insurance’ or ‘strike’ months earlier? Occasional searches for ‘salary’ or ‘layoffs’ could stave off staff concerns that lead to adverse press for your school district."

It’s a great example of the shitty technology adoption curve: first we use creepy technology against people who don’t get to complain, like schoolkids, then, once it’s normalized, we work our way up the privilege gradient, inflicting it on teachers, then everyone.

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