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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

24 Jul 2018

The Data in our Faces

The Data in our Faces

Over a month ago I was travelling through London Heathrow airport with my daughters. As soon as we reached security, an officer looked at our passports, asked P (4 years old) to look up and not to smile for the camera. After she dutifully obeyed, he took a small, black device and scanned the face […]

17 Jul 2018

Don’t share Photos of my Child

Don’t share Photos of my Child

On the 23rd of May I was interviewed by The Guardian for a feature piece on the practice of ‘sharenting’. I think the article does an excellent job in analysisng the risk associated with posting information of children online. Yet I question whether sharenting is really a useful term when we look at the impact of social media in family […]

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 […]

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 […]

26 Jun 2017

BabyVeillance on Pregnancy Apps

BabyVeillance on Pregnancy Apps

When we think about the ways in which children’s data is collected and used we need to start from the very beginning and look at the rapid growth in use of pregnancy apps. Today, a great majority of parents download one or more of these apps on their phones and other technologies to monitor, track […]

24 May 2017

Photos for you life: Google Photos

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Photos for you life: Google Photos

Last year, Google announced on its Research Blog the release of the ‘Show and Tell’ free software, which is now free to download on Tensorflow. The software, is able to read the content of images and describe them by adding full sentences in English. For people working with large images data sets this can be […]