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 […]
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? […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]