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From private profit to public liabilities: how platform capitalism’s business model works for children

From private profit to public liabilities: how platform capitalism’s business model works for children

Two concepts have recently emerged that invite us to rethink the relationship between children and digital technology: the “datafied child” (Lupton & Williamson, 2017) and children’s digital rights (Livingstone & Third, 2017). The concept of the datafied child highlights the amount of data that is being harvested about children during their daily lives, and the […]

How and why is children’s digital data being harvested?

Everyone of a certain age remembers logging-on to a noisy dial-up modem and surfing the Web via AOL or AltaVista. Back then, the distinction between offline and online made much more sense. Today, three trends are conspiring to firmly confine this distinction to history. These are the mass proliferation of Wi-Fi, the appification of the Web, […]

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Exploring the world of self-tracking: who wants our data and why?

Benjamin Franklin used to keep charts of his time spent and virtues lived up to. Today, we use technology to self-track: our hours slept, steps taken, calories consumed, medications administered. But what happens when we turn our everyday experience — in particular, health and wellness-related experience — into data? “Self-Tracking” (MIT Press) by Gina Neff […]

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Could data pay for global development? Introducing data financing for global good

“If data is the new oil, then why aren’t we taxing it like we tax oil?” That was the essence of the provocative brief that set in motion our recent 6-month research project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The results are detailed in the new report: Data Financing for Global Good: A Feasibility Study. The parallels […]

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New Voluntary Code: Guidance for Sharing Data Between Organisations

Many organisations are coming up with their own internal policy and guidelines for data sharing. However, for data sharing between organisations to be straight forward, there needs to a common understanding of basic policy and practice. During her time as an OII Visiting Associate, Alison Holt developed a pragmatic solution in the form of a Voluntary […]

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Can drones, data and digital technology provide answers to nature conservation challenges?

Projects using drones (or UAVs) to map, monitor and track endangered species and fragile environments are increasing around the globe. OII Academic Visitor Lisa Sargood explores their role as a nature conservation tool, alongside related digital technologies and capabilities, looking at the risks, opportunities and controversies their deployment can bring, in a post written to accompany the BBC Radio 4 Shared Planet programme, Orangutans and Drones, which explores the potential and pitfalls of drones to help humans share the planet with orangutans. The show is available online until December 2015.

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Unpacking patient trust in the “who” and the “how” of Internet-based health records

Digital health records create new opportunities for access and sharing, and carry the promise of reducing costs and improving quality of care across health systems worldwide. At the same time, they also cause nightmares to patients concerned about their privacy – while patient trust is key to successful adoption and use. Ulrike Rauer, author of the Policy & Internet article Patient Trust in Internet-based Health Records: An Analysis across Operator Types and Levels of Patient Involvement in Germany, takes a closer look at the structural and institutional factors influencing patient trust in Internet-based health records.

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The challenges of government use of cloud services for public service delivery

Cloud services hold the promise of rendering public service delivery and back-office operations more effective and efficient, by providing ubiquitous, on-demand access to computing resources. Beyond the compelling cost economies, cloud technology is also a promising platform for open government, interagency cooperation, and government innovation. However, Kristina Irion (Central European University and University of Amsterdam) says that what looks like an ideal match actually raises a range of unresolved issues, and national governments are faced with legal risks that would contest national data sovereignty.

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