Gaggle student behavioural monitoring

Gaggle develops and sells software that monitors students.

Founded in 1999, Gaggle uses a combination of AI and human reviewers to police schools for suspicious and harmful content in order to prevent violence and student suicides by monitoring student email accounts, documents, and social media accounts. 

Operator: Minneapolis High Schools; Williamson County School District; Multiple
Developer: Gaggle
Country: USA
Sector: Education
Purpose: Monitor student behaviour
Technology: NLP/text analysis; Computer vision
Issue: Surveillance; Privacy; Accuracy/reliability; Appropriateness/need; Effectiveness/value
Transparency: Governance; Black box

Risks and harms 🛑

Gaggle has been associated with multiple risks and harms, including the misinterpretation of context, privacy violations, and psychological damage. 

Transparency 🙈

Reports suggest Gaggle's systems have not been independently reviewed or audited.

Page info
Type: System
Published: September 2021
Last updated: June 2024