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

Play

The child’s right to play in a digital world: what does this mean and how can we realise it?

By Sonia Livingstone and Kruakae Pothong UNCRC (Article 31) requires that “States Parties recognise the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.” (UNCRC, 1989, Article 31).  Further, General Comment 17 explicitly calls governments’ attention »

Education

The Digital Futures Commission (DFC) held an expert roundtable discussion to discuss current governance and practice in processing children’s education data. This report presents the range of views expressed at the roundtable together with participants’ recommendations and useful sources. It offers an insight into our unfolding work on beneficial uses of children’s education data and reflects work in progress. We warmly thank all the experts who gave their time to participate in the roundtable. The discussion will shape the DFC’s ongoing research on governance gaps and stakeholder responsibilities and contribute to a blueprint for education data governance in 2022.

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Innovation

In demanding better for children and technology, what do we want?

By Kruakae Pothong & Sonia Livingstone This is the question that gets us up in the morning, though it’s not easy to answer. We are living through an unprecedented debate over the ethics and human rights principles that could or should underpin digital innovation. Faced with a bewildering array of new policy documents – guidance, »