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

The DFC to launch Education Data Reality

The Digital Futures Commission (DFC) is launching its ‘Education data reality: The challenges for schools in managing children’s education data’ report on Wednesday, 29 June, 9-10 am BST. In this Breakfast Briefing to launch the report, Sarah Turner, the lead author, will reveal the answers to our overarching question: what are the problems to be addressed in realising the benefits of education data in children’s best interests, given the current EdTech landscape in schools?

Play

“Playful by Design” goes to Paris!

By Kruakae Pothong and Sonia Livingstone Our “Playful by Design” principles – the primary output of the Digital Futures Commission’s applied research to realise children’s right to play in the digital environment – will be presented at the 72nd International Communication Association Conference (ICA) in Paris this week. So, save the date and come talk »

Education

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. In this report, we detail the findings of interviews with professionals focusing on the collection and processing of education data. From this, we identified a four-part action plan needed to enable schools to harness the benefits of education technology (EdTech) and education data while mitigating the risks that can result.

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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 »