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Sonia Livingstone: Children’s rights in the digital age

In advance of her 11 February public lecture on the state of children’s rights in the digital age, Professor Sonia Livingstone discusses the rights at stake for children worldwide and highlights why we must embed children’s rights into the policies and practices concerning “the digital”.

Fast-developing information and communications technologies (ICTs) are reshaping children’s lives for better and for worse: this […]

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    Sonia Livingstone: What’s changing, surprising, and problematic in new Ofcom report

Sonia Livingstone: What’s changing, surprising, and problematic in new Ofcom report

Sonia Livingstone looks at the findings in Ofcom’s recently published report, 2014 Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes, and goes beyond the statistics presented to ask how we should interpret the prevalence of tablets in the home and changing media literacy behaviours among UK kids. 

As Ofcom releases another mammoth report charting children and parents’ media uses and attitudes in the […]

Sonia Livingstone: Digital Media and Children’s Rights

The following post was adapted from a lecture given by Sonia Livingstone at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on 12 September 2014, at a United Nations Day of General Discussion of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Fast-developing ICTs are reshaping children’s lives for better and for worse – already in high-income countries, fast expanding in middle-income countries, and […]

Livingstone: More Attention to Media Literacy in EU AVMS Directive

In previous iterations of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), media literacy has played a key role in prioritising  the ‘skills, knowledge and understanding that allow consumers to use media effectively and safely’. As the Commission considers the next update of the Directive, recent data from the EU Kids Online project on 9-16 year olds’ experiences of risk and safety […]

Book Review: Media Regulation: Governance and the Interests of Citizens and Consumers by Peter Lunt and Sonia Livingstone

In Media Regulation, Peter Lunt and Sonia Livingstone examine the challenges of regulation in the global mediated sphere. The book explores the way that regulation affects the relations between government, the media and communications market, civil society, citizens and consumers. Dr Petros Iosifidis, Reader in Media Policy in the Department of Sociology at City University, finds that the book’s elegant but rigorous […]

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    Misinformation and critical digital literacy: To trust or not to trust?

Misinformation and critical digital literacy: To trust or not to trust?

As governments, institutions, civil society and industry seek to tackle the challenges posed by misinformation, improving the public’s media literacy and/or digital literacy is often cited as a potential solution. Gianfranco Polizzi, a PhD researcher here at the LSE, discusses how critical digital literacy relates to trust, and how policy conversations should be redirected.

I recently attended MisinfoCon in London, organised […]

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    Protection of children online: does current regulation deliver?

Protection of children online: does current regulation deliver?

More children are going online, more frequently, via more devices and services, at ever-younger ages. The internet and accompanying technological developments offer huge opportunities for children, but they also pose risks to minors’ safety, wellbeing and rights. Despite new and revised legislation, a policy brief published today argues that the current European legislative framework is insufficient. Two of the […]

Truth, Trust and Technology – so what’s the problem?

As policy makers in the UK and elsewhere consider how to tackle the spread of misinformation and the problems it causes, the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission published its report earlier this week, ‘Tackling the Information Crisis: A Policy Framework for Media System Resilience.’ Professor Sonia Livingstone, Chair of the Commission, explains here some of the problems the report seeks […]

Privacy, data protection and the evolving capacity of the child: what the evidence tells us

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England has just published a new report looking at how vast amounts of children’s data is collected, and calling on internet giants and other companies to be transparent about how they are capturing information about children and how it is being used. Sonia Livingstone, LSE Professor of Social Psychology, Mariya Stoilova, researcher […]

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    Regulating children’s data and privacy online: the implications of the evidence for age-appropriate design

Regulating children’s data and privacy online: the implications of the evidence for age-appropriate design

The Information Commissioner’s Office recently ran a consultation on an age appropriate design code for information society services, (a requirement of the Data Protection Act 2018 which supports and supplements the implementation of the GDPR). LSE researchers Jun Yu, Mariya Stoilova and Professor Sonia Livingstone explain here the key arguments and suggestions that came out of an expert seminar held at the LSE in September 2018.

The European General Data Protection […]