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 May 2019

Voice Prints and Children’s Rights

Voice Prints and Children’s Rights

As voice-operated AIs become part of everyday living, children talk to them, they ask questions, they make  jokes, they test their intelligence, or they demand to hear a specific tune. These technologies answer, interact with them and collect enormous amounts of personal and highly contextual data. Yet we have very little knowledge or understanding about […]

19 Mar 2019

Social Media Data

Social Media Data

Yesterday I wrote a post that argued that we need to move beyond a focus on what parents ‘share or not share on social media’ and instead consider children’s social media data flows. But how can we really understand social media data? The truth is that we can’t.  Social media data is extraordinarily complex, as it includes not […]

18 Mar 2019

Against Sharenting

Against Sharenting

On the 3rd of January 2019, the mother blogger Christie Tate, wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post, where she describes her fourth-grade daughter’s reaction to finding out about her blog. When her daughter saw all the ‘baby’ pictures and intimate details shared with the world, she became very angry and upset and asked her mother to take the essays […]

11 Mar 2019

Coerced Digital Participation

Coerced Digital Participation

One afternoon in March 2017,  I interviewed Alexandra. Alexandra had migrated to England, from Eastern Europe 12 years ago, and lived in a small council flat in South East London with her two children, aged 8 and 10, and her husband. In her interview she told me how difficult it was for her to adapt […]