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Natick students’ online messages on school platforms are analyzed for potential danger and distress

A Vermont company uses artificial intelligence to identify messages of distress, including those made by Natick students.

David O'Brien explained that state and federal laws don’t give a clear answer on whether companies like Social Sentinel represent an invasion of personal privacy—“In my opinion, things become more invasive when collecting in mass,” he said. “An algorithm that gives insight into behavior and feelings starts to look more invasive.”

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