The Digital Futures Commission Updates

Follow how our research unfolds and gain an early view of our findings across the play, data and innovation research streams.

What is free play, and why does it matter?

By Kate Cowan Play is an important part of children’s lives, but adults often find defining and understanding play a challenge. Philosophers, psychologists, biologists, anthropologists »

Interview with Chris Bateman

To understand the culture of digital play from a design perspective, Sonia Livingstone and Kate Cowan spoke to Chris Bateman, a game designer, author, and »

Interview with Ann Phoenix

To understand the constraints that the adult world places on play, Sonia Livingstone spoke to Professor Ann Phoenix of the UCL Thomas Coram Research Institute, »

Interview with Tim Gill

To understand research and advocacy work on childhood and play, Sonia Livingstone OBE and Kate Cowan spoke to Tim Gill as part of our interview »

Interview with Wendy Russell

To understand how the culture and concept of play has evolved over time, Sonia Livingstone and Kate Cowan spoke to Wendy Russell from the University »

Interview with Andrew Burn

To learn about research on children’s digital play cultures, Sonia Livingstone and Kate Cowan spoke to Andrew Burn from UCL as part of our interview »