New partnership tackles children’s privacy and digital rights

The first in a new series of public seminars brought together experts in digital privacy

The Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child recently partnered with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to run a series of seminars focusing on various aspects of digital childhood. The first of the seminars, ‘Children’s Digital Rights & Data Privacy: What the UK Children’s Code Can Teach Us’, was held at ACMI on 2nd June, and was organised by the Centre for Research for Educational Impact’s (REDI) Deakin node of the Digital Child centre.

Led by panel chair Dr Anna Bunn from Curtin’s Law School, the panel included Victorian Information Commissioner Sven Bluemmel, Reset Australia’s Rys Farthing, UK lawyer Emma Day, and Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett from University of Wollongong.

“The purpose of the Centre of Excellence is to promote national discussion and information on digital childhoods,” said event convener Dr Luci Pangrazio.

“We see this as a really important opportunity to collaborate with other institutions and organisations, as well as provide the wider community with insights from experts in the field.”

The panel discussion centred around the recent introduction of the Children’s Code in the UK, and how it compares to Australia’s protection of children’s personal information. Panellists considered the point of view and concerns of educators around the collection and use of children’s personal information when using apps or other online services, as well as the Australian government’s proposed introduction of an Online Privacy Bill and the specific provisions in this relating to children.

As part of this event and discussion, Dr Luci Pangrazio and Professor Julian Sefton-Green launched their new book, Learning to Live with Datafication: Educational Case Studies and Initiatives from Across the World.

To view the seminar, visit the Digital Child YouTube channel here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS2ruOoa0Vc