14 Jun 2021

The Human Error Project: Expanding the Debate

The Human Error Project: Expanding the Debate

Researching the datafication of family life and the impact of tech on children’s rights in the Child Data Citizen project led me to a new research exploration. As I listened to parents telling me how they were being falsely ‘read’ or ‘understood’ by algorithms crunching their data traces, and analyzed the impacts of inaccurate automated decisions […]

14 Apr 2021

Children Data Rights: a Canadian step forward

Children Data Rights: a Canadian step forward

In March 2021, I had the pleasure to share insights from my project Child Data Citizen in an interview with CSA Group and Springboard Policy from Canada. The fruit of their research dedicated to Children’s Privacy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence just got released. This interview was the occasion to specifically focus on the […]

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 […]

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 […]