6 Jan 2021

First review on Science !

First review on Science !

“Child Data Citizen is a timely wake-up call for anyone who cares for and about children in the 21st century” says Kate Eichhorn in Science. I was honored to read how Science reviewed the themes of my book and underlined how the critical implications of our families being turned into data are not losing their relevance […]

16 Dec 2020

Child Data Citizen Book is out !

Child Data Citizen Book is out !

In December 2020, as an early Christmas present, I was thrilled to hold the Child Data Citizen book freshly published by the MIT Press! In these two hundred pages, I have condensed the heart of my three-year research project on the datafication of family life and, in particular, the construction of our children into data […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

9 Mar 2019

The Child Data Citizen Book with MIT Press

The Child Data Citizen Book with MIT Press

On the 15th of January, I signed the book contract with MIT Press, and I am really looking forward to submit the Child | Data | Citizen book on the 1st of August 2019. The Child | Data | Citizen book will explore the datafication of children. Children, today, are the very first generation of citizens to be […]

20 Jan 2019

Data Injustice and Ethnographic Sampling?

Data Injustice and Ethnographic Sampling?

There is something profoundly unequal and unjust about the different ways in which dataveillance and digital profiling impacts white, middle-class families on the one hand, and  ethnic minority, migrant or low-income families on the other. Data technologies and automated systems are not equal or fair. This emerges beautifully in Eubanks’ book (2018), Automating Inequality. It […]