24 Nov 2020

Children’s Tech? The importance of Privacy by Design

Children’s Tech? The importance of Privacy by Design

On the 18th of November, I was delighted to talk about my research at the Digital Action Lab at the Global Child Forum, alongside other impressive researchers and speakers to advocate the importance of protecting children’s rights. What impressed me most about the event, from the forward by HRH Princess Sofia and the concluding remarks […]

17 Nov 2020

A Personal Journey to 1.5 Million Views.

A Personal Journey to 1.5 Million Views.

One year ago in November, 2019 I walked on the stage of the Denver Bellco Theatre to participate to the TedxMileHigh event, and to talk in front of 5000 people. I was terrified. I had been working on my talk with my amazing coach Helena Bowen who over three months helped me to translate my […]

15 Jun 2020

The Human Error in AI and Children’s Rights

The Human Error in AI and Children’s Rights

On Saturday the 13th of June, I submitted a report titled The Human Error in AI and Children’s Rights as response to the EU White Paper on Artificial Intelligence a European Approach Consultation.  My response combines the findings of the Child | Data | Citizen Project with the preliminary observations resulting from my forthcoming project […]

25 May 2020

Child Data Citizen Book Coming Soon!

Child Data Citizen Book Coming Soon!

The MIT Press has just announced the release date of my book Child |Data Citizen: How Tech Companies are Profiling us from before Birth will be the 22nd of December, 2020, and I can’t wait. In Child Data Citizen, I examine the construction of children into data subjects, describing how their personal information is collected, archived, sold, […]

1 Apr 2020

New Home for the CDC Project

New Home for the CDC Project

A new job and a new life in the middle of a pandemic….today is my first day as Professor in Media and Communications in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of San Gallen, in Switzerland and as Chair of Media and Culture at the Institute of Media and Communication Management. I […]

30 Jan 2020

What Tech Companies know about our Children

What Tech Companies know about our Children

I am pleased to announce that my TedxMileHigh talk is now online. In the talk I explain that  tech companies are tracking  children, starting before they’re born, often before they’re conceived, and throughout their lives — on Google and Facebook, through pregnancy tracking apps, in the classroom, and the doctor’s office. I show how the […]

10 Oct 2019

TEDx MileHigh!

TEDx MileHigh!

Crazy news! TEDxMileHigh invited me to give a TEDx talk in front of 5,000 people on November 16th at the Bellco Theatre in Denver. I can’t believe it! I am honored and thrilled. The theme of the event is “Imagine.” TEDxMileHigh, and I will be talking about data rights. I will be joining other fantastic […]

17 Aug 2019

Datafied Families

Datafied Families

When I asked Mike (the father of two children under 13 years of age, who lived in Los Angeles) if he could imagine the data flows that came out of his family life, he laughed looked up and said,  ‘massive amounts; unimaginable amounts’ and then he added “if one thinks about the data we produce […]

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 […]