Having previously been postponed due to Pre-election period Prudah restriction, the “Rebooting the Expert” a.k.a. “Routes to Policy Impact” event finally took place on July 6th 2017.
The UnBias team is pleased to announce the launch of a ground-breaking report that articulates the voice of children and young people, and their relationship to the internet and digital technologies.
The launch will take place at the House of Lords next 31st of January and it be presented by Baroness Beeban Kidron, Prof Stephen Coleman from Leeds University and Elvira Perez from the UnBias team. Children and young people will be attending the launch and contributing the Q&A session.
This report is titled ‘The Internet on our Own Term: How Children and Young People Deliberated about their Digital Rights’ and describes the work carried since April 2015 in which young people aged between 12 and 17 gathered together in the cities of Leeds, London and Nottingham to participate in a series of jury-styled focus groups designed to ‘put the internet on trial’. In total, nine juries took place which included 108 young people, approximately 12 participants per jury.
On June 14th CaSMa and Gada organized a joint workshop to explore the “youth civic engagement in the digital age”, which was funded by a seed-grant from the Governance and Public Policy RPA. The purpose of this workshop was to explore definitions and understanding around what youth civic engagement is (and also what is not), what motivates young people to engage and how to reach out to those whose voice is not being heard.
Cyberbullying is becoming an alarming problem among children and young people, not only because of its links to mental health and well-being but because it is so widespread that is becoming to be considered a worse problem among teenagers than drug abuse.
Not all news are disheartening though…
In celebration of Data Protection Day (also known as Data Privacy Day), please join us for the launch of our #AnalyzeMyData campaign on Twitter. Through this campaign we hope to increase public awareness of the ways in which data is used/misused and establish an evidence base of public opinion on these issues that can be used to support future policy discussions around improved guidelines and regulations for data access consent.
The CaSMa team -in collaboration with Making Waves and Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health– organised a series of events for public engagement and debate at Nottingham Contemporary called Voices from the Crowd.
Unlike traditional seminars, Voices from the Crowd does not bring experts or keynote speakers under the assumption that we -the audience- are all experts on social media. As internet users we all have something valuable to say about how technology is affecting and influencing our everyday lives and ways we interact with others. Voices from the Crowd promotes a more democratic and horizontal structure for participation by encouraging attendees to engage in discussions and learning conversations about many different aspects of social media.
Today was the deadline for submitting written evidence to the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee on Digital Skills. Continuing on the work of the 2014/15 ‘House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills‘, the call invited written submissions including the following issues:
- The extent to which there is a digital skills gap and whether the Government’s initiatives are appropriate and sufficient to fill the gap;
- Further measures by Government needed to improve digital literacy;
- How well the current education system addresses the digital skills gap;
- What is being done to equip teachers in the classroom;
- The adequacy of the current ICT provision in schools;
- The work being done by universities and industry to ensure that the computing curriculum is relevant;
- The extent to which there is a digital divide and whether digital exclusion exits in the current workforce;
- The financial impact of the lack of basic digital skills on the economy; and
- The extent of any unconscious bias in the digital/IT sector.
This week we have a guest post by Penny Polson, who has been a Research Assistant on the POET tool for the past three months. Penny has been building on the qualitative analysis skills she attained in her dissertation project (regarding attitudes regarding fish pain) to investigate the experiences of academics who use social media. In this blog, she focuses on the important distinction made between ‘personal’ and ‘professional’ use of Twitter accounts, and how those terms become blurred once public engagement and specifically Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) are considered.
In the coming week I will be attending the 5th Decennial Aarhus conference “Critical Alternative 2015”, where I will take part in the ICTD workshop to learn more about the crucial importance of “citizen centric approaches” for achieving success in ICTD project.