Digital Safety in the Era of Connected Cots and Talking Teddies

40 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2019

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Victoria Nash

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Dr Huw C. Davies

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Allison Mishkin

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Date Written: June 20, 2019

Abstract

With funding provided by the Oak Foundation, we have been investigating how companies developing connected toys and devices for use by children and families in the home are managing the opportunities and risks that arise. Our research recognises that operating in this sector presents businesses with some particular challenges around issues such as data privacy, device security and gathering of parental consent. Through our findings, we seek to develop policy recommendations and research insights that might better support both responsible business practice and safe, empowering use for children. We argue that safety advice for families and children needs to be updated to incorporate the array of data-related risks that arise through use of such devices. More speculatively, we also suggest that we should expand our understanding of wellbeing in the digital age to encompass the broader societal implications of relying ever more heavily on abstract data collected about children (the ‘algorithmic child’) rather than judgements formed through embodied relationships with children.

Keywords: children, Internet, online safety, regulation, data, algorithms, connected toys, corporate responsibility

Suggested Citation

Nash, Victoria and Davies, Huw and Mishkin, Allison, Digital Safety in the Era of Connected Cots and Talking Teddies (June 20, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3407264 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3407264

Victoria Nash (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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University of Oxford
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Huw Davies

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

Allison Mishkin

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

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