The Digital Futures Commission is working to put children’s interests at the centre of the design of the digital world. Its ambitious research programme is guided by a group of Commissioners with expertise in how children and digital technology intersect. Our programme of work led by Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE during the three years of the Commission will be focused on real world change for children and young people. We welcome expressions of interest in our work from all who wish to build the digital world young people deserve.

Beeban Kidron

Chair, 5Rights Foundation

Understanding kids in the metaverse

By Sonia Livingstone and Kruakae Pothong The “metaverse” represents the next generation internet, promising richer, more immersive 3D experience and more seamless conversion of physical and digital realities. However, the convergence of physical and digital realities is as daunting as it is exciting for children’s safety, development and wellbeing, since the digital world has not »

Download the Education Data Reality report

Managing EdTech and education data constitutes a significant and increasing pressure that individual schools must bear, resulting in uncertainties over – or more likely, failings in – the protection of children’s personal data and its uses for their benefit. This report reveals the problems concerning risks-benefits calculation in choosing EdTech, schools’ limited control over data and limited guidance and resources. The report voices schools’ calls for change in response to these problems.

Download the Playful By Design report

The report looks at one of the most important aspects of a child’s development – free play – and how platforms succeed and fail in facilitating it. The purpose is to improve children’s opportunities for free play and overcome the inhibiting factors in digital services that children report.

Watch the Playful By Design video

Listen to our short video where children and young people tell us what they think about play.

Find out more about the DFC Commissioners

Find out more about more about the DFC Commissioners and the wide-range of expertise they are bringing to our work.

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Understanding kids in the metaverse

By Sonia Livingstone and Kruakae Pothong The “metaverse” represents the next generation internet, promising richer, more immersive 3D experience and more seamless conversion of physical and digital realities. However, the convergence of physical and digital realities is as daunting as it is exciting for children’s safety, development and wellbeing, since the digital world has not »

Education

The state of biometrics 2022: A review of policy in the UK education

Children’s biometric data and AI-driven technologies are increasingly used for purposes such as making meal payments and measuring attention, engagement, and emotion in schools. These involve pervasive data processing practices which raise legal and ethical questions. The recent defenddigitalme report, “The State of Biometrics 2022: A Review of Policy and Practice in UK Education”, analyses »

Innovation

Innovating in children’s best interests for a ‘fair’ digital world

By Ayça Atabey The Digital Futures Commission aims to make children’s best interests a primary consideration in the design of the digital environment. We keep a lookout for good practices and guidelines to help digital innovators embed children’s best interests in their products and services. The Age Appropriate Design Code (the Code) is the first »