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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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 […]

5 Jul 2018

Child | Data | Citizen @UCLA

Child | Data | Citizen @UCLA

On the 3rd of May I delivered a Keynote at fifth annual Research & Inquiry Conferenc UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. The talk drew on the findings of the Child | Data | Citizen Project, and explored the multiple variety of data traces that are produced daily about children and critically considers […]

25 Jun 2018

No Opting Out?

No Opting Out?

Everyday when parents join new services, download new apps, connect with others on social media or buy the latest home devices, they often sign off the terms and conditions that decide how their children’s data is used without reading them. What I am finding out when I talk to parents is that the reason why […]

18 Jun 2018

Maternity Gap

Maternity Gap

If  you wonder why there is such a gap in news posts, well the answer is simple: I was on maternity leave between July 2017 and June 2018 (and if you are a U.S. reader, yes, you read this correctly. Under European law this is common!) . During my maternity leave, I kept on gathering important […]