Securly & GoGuardian: Why We Went Public About Their Inability to Block Porn

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Our announcement that GoGuardian and Securly failed to block more than half of the pornographic web sites we tested has clearly struck a nerve. (See here.)

We think blocking access to pornography is the most fundamental thing a web filter should do, and stand by our claims and concerns. We’ve also heard from many schools that share those concerns, tested their filters, and were shocked at the results.

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3 Things I Learned During a Summer at Lightspeed Systems

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Today, July 26, is the inaugural National Intern Day. I want to celebrate by talking about my amazing experience this summer: interning at Lightspeed Systems.

I got to spend eight weeks in Austin, Texas, working with great people for a company that is making an amazing impact in education. Lightspeed Systems is revolutionizing the way schools monitor and protect students, at school and at home.

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How to Easily Decrypt SSL on Any Device

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Hate setting up proxy servers, trust certificates, or PAC files for SSL decryption? You’re not alone; SSL decryption is a time-consuming, costly process.

Unfortunately, schools can’t afford to not get full reporting on HTTPS traffic. More than half of all websites are encrypted, including Google and YouTube. It’s critical for schools to decrypt this traffic in order to set filtering policies and get accurate reports on student activity.

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Using Data for Good: How Relay Reports & Insights Save Lives

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Lightspeed Systems’ goal is to provide schools with smart, advanced tools to help keep students protected from harm. Technology plays a critical role in advancing learning. Sadly, exposure to the internet (and social media, specifically) is linked to an increased risk of depression and other mental health issues. Among 12- to 17-year-olds, suicide is the second leading cause of death.

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Your Top Questions About Relay Smart Agents, Answered

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What are IT’s biggest challenges with filtering today? Last week, we hosted a special webinar on the future of filtering. Here’s what attendees said are their biggest filtering headaches:

– 64%: filtering SSL traffic
– 56%: filtering social media and video
– 44%: filtering multiple device OSes
– 22%: managing filtering hardware

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3 Ways Lightspeed’s Classroom Stands Out in K-12 Ed-Tech

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Classroom learning and device tech are evolving faster than ever. Now, it’s essential to empower teachers with advanced tools and solutions to monitor class activity and keep students engaged.

Lightspeed Systems Classroom, now available for Chrome OS, represents a step up from current device monitoring tools by effectively measuring student productivity with machine learning.



Artificial intelligence isn’t the only thing that makes Classroom stand out. Here’s what sets Classroom apart from other classroom management solutions, according to our friends and partners at Amplified IT.

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Lightspeed Systems Threat Check Arms Schools — With Data and Insights — to Keep Students Safe

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We’ve had a lot of big moments and big releases in my nine years with Lightspeed Systems, but Wednesday was the biggest. We announced Lightspeed Systems Threat Check, a tool that means a lot to all of us — as parents, as employees, and as people. We have to be equipped to better identify and prevent the next crisis before more lives are lost as a result of gun violence, bullying and self-harm.

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14 Things No Other Internet Filter Can Give Your School

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Your internet filter needs to keep students safe and using technology appropriately. But with more technology than ever to manage, your school needs an internet filter that delivers more while saving time. Lightspeed Systems Relay is a revolution in web filtering — with more functionality in an easier, smarter, SAAS platform that saves you time and money. No internet filter besides Relay can do all 14 of these essential things.

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