14 Nov 2018

Datafied Children: The Research

Datafied Children: The Research

In November 2018, the UK Children’s Commissioner published a report warning that children are being datafied from birth. In the last few days we have seen a plurality of press articles talking about datafied children. But what does it really mean to talk about the datafication of children? What can we learn from the research on the topic? […]

8 Nov 2018

Data and Citizenship California Tour!

Data and Citizenship California Tour!

I am delighted to share with you the news that Dr. Lina Dencik (Cardiff University, Data Justice Lab) and I will be on a California speaking tour on Data and Citizenship. “As more and more social activity and human behavior is being turned into data points that can be tracked, collected and analyzed, we need […]

19 Sep 2018

Home Life Data and Children’s Privacy

Home Life Data and Children’s Privacy

AI virtual voice assistants, smart appliances, and security and monitoring technologies are entering our homes and re-defining our daily routines. Yet little attention is paid to the fact that once installed in our homes, these devices lead to children’s data becoming intertwined with adult profiles. The very newness of the home automation environments means we […]

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 […]

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 […]