The Child as Datafied Citizen: Critical Questions on Data Justice in Family Life

Barassi, Veronica. 2018. The Child as Datafied Citizen: Critical Questions on Data Justice in Family Life. In: Giovanna Mascheroni; Anna Jorge and Cristina Ponte, eds. Digital Parenting: The Challenges for Families in the Digital Age. Gothenburg: NORDICOM, pp. 169-177. ISBN 9789188855008 [Book Section]

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This chapter explores the relationship between parents’ digital practices and the production of children’s data traces and argues that the multiple variety of data traces that are produced daily about children can be used to profile them as citizen subjects. Drawing on the findings of the Child | Data | Citizen project, a qualitative and ethnographically informed research which explores the impact of big data on family life, the chapter however deconstructs theories of panopticon surveillance (Lyon, 2014) or quantified selves (Lupton and Williamson, 2017). Instead it sheds light on the fact that the datafication of family life is a complex and messy processes, which leads to the production of imprecise, fragmented and inaccurate data. The paper, therefore, argues that we need to start asking critical questions about the relationship between the datafication of children, algorithmic innacuracies and data justice

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Book Section


datafication, digital citizenship, data justice, digital parents, big data

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


1 October 2017Submitted
1 February 2018Accepted
1 November 2018Published

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12 Jul 2018 13:18

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11 Jun 2021 13:14


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