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Digital Citizens

Digital citizens explores the nature and consequences of digital change and what it might mean to be a digital citizen

About the Programme

Over the last decade there has been a bubbling interest in the transformative scope of the innovations and convergences surrounding big data and the Internet of Things (IoT). Underpinning this is the idea that the digital has the capacity to transform not only settled methodological divides between quantitative and qualitative evidence but also, through the extension of algorithmic reasoning, ways of knowing and being an individual citizen.

Digital citizenship has been broadly defined as the ability to use information technology to engage with society, political processes and economic action.  Networked digital infrastructures, sensors and the IoT open up the possibility of novel types of engagement for individuals and groups. Healthcare, finance, retail, education, wellbeing and leisure are all caught somewhere on the waves of transformation.

This research programme explores the nature and consequences of digital change and what it might mean to be a digital citizen. The Director of Digital Citizens, Dr Liz McFall, discusses these issues in the following video.

Programme directors

Simon Carter and Liz McFall

Research highlights

Methods in Motion Blog 1: Elizabeth Silva introduces Methods in Motion

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23 September 2016

Methods are ways of knowing, and they are always changing. Academics have recently become highly methodologically creative, inventing a swathe of new practical ways of knowing about social life. Yet we at CCIG would argue that researchers must go beyond meeting the intensified demand for new methods. Methods are important because what we know is changed by how we know it. Furthermore, the reasons why someone uses a particular method are linked to their wider ends and means; what makes useful knowledge in that specific field.

Insuring healthcare in a digital world

Liz McFall (PI, (PI, co-Director of the Digital Citizen programme) with Shaun French, Zsuzsanna Vargha, James Kneale (CIs) have been awarded a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities & Social Sciences entitled “Insuring healthcare in a digital world.”

Follow their project on twitter's @payin4H or see the project website.