As of May 25th 2018 the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA2018) has taken effect in the UK, supporting and supplementing the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
An important requirement in the DPA2018, going beyond the GDPR, is the inclusion of an Age Appropriate Design Code (section 123 of DPA2018) to provide guidance on the design standards that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will expect providers of online ‘Information Society Services’ (ISS), which are likely to be accessed by children, to meet.
I was very pleased to present UnBias’ data at two great recent UK events that addressed children’s safety and wellbeing and children’s rights at: the NSPCC annual conference, ‘How safe are our Children? Growing up online’, 20th-21st June, in London and at the launch of the ‘Children, Rights and Childhood’ event, on 22nd June in Birmingham.
The Nottingham UnBias Team has been working with children aged 3-13 years to help them to learn how the internet works and to reflect on issues of personal information and online filter bubbles, through creating their own “data gardens”. We attended a Family Discovery Day on the 16th June at the University of Nottingham and the STEM Festival at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy on Saturday 23rd June.
We are pleased to announce that UnBias won one of the three 2017 RCUK Digital Economy Theme ‘Telling Tales of Engagement’ awards. The evaluation process for this award considered both the impact of our previous work and a proposed new activity to “tell the story” of our research.
Our submission was titled “building and engaging with multi-stakeholder panels for developing policy recommendations”, highlighting the importance to our research of engaging with our stakeholder panel and with organizations that are shaping the policy and governance space for algorithmic systems.
Hundreds of people attended this free event that offered a very diverse and fun programme with lots of hands-on activities and demonstrations on different topics: life sciences, astronomy, chemistry, physics, psychology, natural history, engineering, etc.
Some of us attended a joint conference of the ECREA (European Communications Research and Education Association) Communication and Media Industries, on the 10th-11th November in Stockholm. About 100 people, mainly academics, researchers from NGOs and media consultants from Europe and the US, took part.
As part of the ESRC Festival of Science the UnBias research team will run two Youth Juries on Saturday 11th of November 2017 at the Nottingham Broadway cinema.
Saturday 11th November
10:00 – 12:00 and 14:00-16:00
UnBias Youth Jury: Who is in charge? You or the algorithm?A youth-led discussion about algorithm fairness.
The UnBias Youth Juries are interactive and participative events to allow young people to reflect, understand and have a say about how the Internet works. Young people will be asked to consider, debate and share ideas about recommender systems like Amazon or search engines like Google or DuckDuckGo.
The UnBias Youth Jury will be highly interactive and it will showcase short video clips and scenarios as a way of sparking debate. It will be fun and engaging, and will allow a space for everyone to share their opinions and experiences.
During the event, participants will be invited to become part of a ‘jury’ that will reflect and offer advice on:
•Algorithms’ fairness and their relevance to the participants
•Filtering information from the Internet – how is it or can be done?
•How participants would like to manage their personal identity
•Youth-lead educational tools and policy recommendations
•Ways of further engaging with young people in thinking about and acting upon algorithm bias.
Participants will be asked to complete a short survey at the beginning and end of each ‘jury’ session.
The event will last 2 hours in total, with time allowed for refreshment breaks.
You will get the chance to add your voice to a high-profile campaign on digital rights, while contributing on the development of educational material that will be available to participants, educators and guardians through the UnBias project (http://unbias.wp.horizon.ac.uk/). Your participation will also contribute to policy recommendations to be presented to the UK minister for internet safety and security.
For more information and registration email Elvira.Perez@Nottingham.ac.uk
Members of the UnBias team and the Digital Wildfire project from the Universities of Nottingham and Oxford were delighted to participate in Mozilla Festival (MozFest), which took place over the weekend of 28th-29th October 2017. The festival saw thousands of members of the general public, of all ages and nationalities, pass through the doors of Ravensbourne College to engage in a festival that aimed to promote a healthy internet and a web for all. Issues of digital inclusion, web literacy and privacy and security were some of the key topics that were discussed at the event.
You are invited to join us for the launch of a groundbreaking report that articulates the voice of children and young people, and their relationship to the internet and digital technologies;
The Internet On Our Own Terms
How Children and Young People Deliberated about their Digital Rights
6 – 8pm
Tuesday 31st January 2017
Committee Room 3A
House of Lords
London, SW1A 0PW
Baroness Beeban Kidron, Prof. Stephen Coleman, Dr. Elvira Perez Vallejos and youth jurors, followed by a Q&A
In April 2015 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.
The report outlines the ground-breaking research process, using actors to set scenarios for debate and a deliberative process to capture the changing views of young people as they examine a broad range of claims and evidence.
The policy suggestions, straight from the mouths and imaginations of the young participants, aimed at Ministers, Industry, Educators and Business are vibrant, surprising and pragmatic.
We hope you will join us to hear more
Emancipating Users Against Algorithmic Biases for a Trusted Digital Economy