What would happen if the data traces of our childhood were available today? This is a key question for generations to come. Today in the life of families data is everywhere. From doctor’s appointments to toys, from social media to mobile apps, children’s everyday life is recorded, stored and shared in ways that were not possible before. This website, is based on the Child | Data | Citizen research project and responds to concerns about children’s data traces and their social and political implications in the age of big data and artificial intelligence.

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31 Jul 2018

Alexa do you Care?

Alexa do you Care?

J: My son wakes up and says “Alexa what time is it?” And she replies. He has conversations with her. So he goes and tell her very silly things like ‘you are such a goof’ or ‘”you are stupid” or “you are dumb” and things like that, and she replies “Well you are not so […]

24 Jul 2018

The Data in our Faces

The Data in our Faces

Over a month ago I was travelling through London Heathrow airport with my daughters. As soon as we reached security, an officer looked at our passports, asked P (4 years old) to look up and not to smile for the camera. After she dutifully obeyed, he took a small, black device and scanned the face […]

17 Jul 2018

Don’t share Photos of my Child

Don’t share Photos of my Child

On the 23rd of May I was interviewed by The Guardian for a feature piece on the practice of ‘sharenting’. I think the article does an excellent job in analysisng the risk associated with posting information of children online. Yet I question whether sharenting is really a useful term when we look at the impact of social media in family […]

8 Jul 2018

A Parent’s Mobile Addiction?

A Parent’s Mobile Addiction?

I pick up the phone so many times in a day, and I look for things constantly” said Roger[1], the father of a five-year-old who I interviewed for the Child | Data | Citizen project. He paused, looked up and added “don’t ask me what I am looking for, because I don’t know”. When we […]