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 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 »



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, »