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Research & Initiatives

Campaigning for better regulation and data privacy rights for NZ students - what are we up to?

Often when I talk with legal or government actors about my concerns about corporate surveillance of children in schools, the concept of children being entitled to data privacy rights seems to conflict with current thinking about both childhood and privacy in New Zealand.

Children's rights to data privacy have yet to be consciously included in our approach to managing online risks. We need government, schools, parents and students to get involved in safeguarding children's privacy. It cannot, however, be left up to parents and children to manage their data privacy. Check out our campaigning and advocacy work aiming to create better child-specific data protection regulation in New Zealand. Find out more about what we are doing here.

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Social Determinants of Digital Inclusion

To better understand the reasons why not all children benefit equally from using the Internet and digital services SocialResearchNZ conducted a series of in-depth qualitative interviews with 15 families in Auckland, New Zealand. The interviews were conducted first with a parent, and then a child from each family. The project sought to identify how these families engaged with digital technology in the home and how this shapes children's orientations and motivation toward using digital technology.  Using Pierre Bourdiueu's theory of practice toolkit we explored how familial background and upbringing, and access to economic, cultural, and social capital impact how children benefit from digital technology use. A publication will be available on New Media & Society shortly.

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Surviving the ‘new normal’
Exploring the opportunities and barriers to achieving sustainable income for women in their fifties

This work considers the tensions between broader structural conditions and individual agency in relation to finding sustainable work as we age. through interviews with older women we explored the individual life course and the tensions and intersections with structural labour market factors, i.e. political, organisational, social and also technological contexts. There are several expected outputs from this work. We will publish through our blog and academic outlets.

A Woman Writing at Home

Beyond the hype: Mature women’s experiences of digital recruitment practices

Thinking about the digitalisation of recruitment and HRM this work will explore the digital skills and digital capital of women 50+ in relation to accessing  sustainable work as they age. Data gathering is completed and we are now working on a paper using assemblage concepts to understand how older women's digital experience tends to be discounted through contemporary digital HRM selection processes. More will be available soon.

Business People

Protecting children's personal data in a digital world

Children's rights to data privacy have not yet to be consciously included in our approach to managing online risks. This project wanted to explore how families in New Zealand understand privacy. We conducted in-depth interviews with parents and teenagers to explore how they conceptualise and manage privacy today. We were particularly interested in exploring how they think about personal information in the digital environment, and specifically commercial use of their personal information. The upshot is - we need to raise awareness not only among children and teenagers, but among parents about what personal data is in the digital context and how commercial data practices can generate harms.

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Health and wellness but at what cost? Technology media justifications for wearable technology use in organizations.

We recently published a paper highlighting our concerns about organizational use of wearable technologies. Summary notes coming.

Tech Watch

We interviewed a range of families, both parents and children to explore how they think about privacy online. We found that not many parents or children are aware of the nature and scope of data collected, and further, created about them from their use of digital devices and online services. This video offers some insights for parents and children about what personal data is and the consequences of commercial data mining of children's data.

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