Our research project “Our Data Ourselves” is an AHRC funded grant being undertaken at King’s College London, to broadly consider the personal data generate in the everyday lives of young people, through their mediated, cultural and communicative practices. Given the recent revelations about the NSA, Prism and the GCHQ, we want to contribute to a deeper understanding of our information-rich environment and the unprecedented growth of the data that is personally generated.
Our aims are to increase our understanding of the nature and role of the data that young people produce when they use platforms and applications on their smartphones. By working with members of Young Rewired State, who are between the ages of 14 and 18, we will develop tools and applications to visualise components of the Big Social Data (BSD) that they generate. Part of this research will also highlight areas for policy development around privacy, given that the time that is spent participating within socially networked environments is only increasing. The end result will be an open environment for BSD research with tools, applications and an infrastructure predicated on an ethical framework for data sharing available for widespread community use.