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Crosstalk Series: Children and Digital Technologies

Submitted on Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Why are children’s technologies important? What kinds of gaps and challenges exist in said technologies? What are the current trends in research and industry?


Join us as we discuss the topic with Professors Sara Grimes and Shion Guha, experts who use critical inquiry to explore various dimensions of technologies for children – from specific digital environments and digital games to algorithmic decision-making in child and youth welfare systems.


The Faculty of Information has launched the ‘Crosstalk’ series to encourage wider discussions in our division. Each talk will cover a theme of common interest that may have been approached from different theoretical, conceptual, methodological, etc. lenses. The goal is to tune our senses to seeing possible and ‘hidden’ connections between works and to engender disciplinary, multi/interdisciplinary, and/or cross-sectoral collaboration. Contact to learn more or to let us know if you’d like to speak at a future talk!

Date/Time: Thursday, February 16, 2-3:30 pm

Location: Claude Bissell Building, 140 St. George St. (in person)

Deadline to register: Monday, February 13 (end of day)

Click here to register.

Talks and discussions are 2-3 pm, followed by light snacks and refreshments.


Sara M. Grimes is the Director of the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) and Semaphore Labs, as well as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching is in the areas of children’s digital media culture(s) and critical theories of technology, with a focus on digital games.

Shion Guha is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. His research interests cut across human-computer interaction, data science, and public policy. He is interested in understanding how algorithmic decision-making processes are designed, implemented and evaluated in public services.

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