Mapping data in the home


Digital data is generated by all devices and goods that are connected to the internet and can be processed to provide detailed insights into the personal and social lives of Australian families. This research project will identify the digital devices and goods in homes and investigate how they are used by family members. This project will address one of the core concerns of the Connected Child program as it seeks to understand the impact of digital data on Australian families. Findings from this research project will be used to develop strategies to help Australian families better manage and protect digital data.

Project aims

  • map the different ways digital data is materialised in the home through connected devices, goods and toys
  • identify the understandings and practices that household members associate with these and the digital data they generate
  • develop strategies to help Australian families better manage and protect digital data

Project design

The project will be completed in three phases:

  1. Survey and online interview of 100 families. One adult household member to complete an online questionnaire on the digital technologies in the home. 30 participants will be invited to take part in a 30-60 minute online interview
  2. Home visits of up to 20 households. This will include interviews, observations of digital practices and device ‘walkthroughs’
  3. Instalment of a Data Meter in 10 homes for a month. The Data Meter is designed to measure and visualise the data downloading into any connected device in the home at a given time and will build understanding of data flows

Activity plan for 2022

  • survey dissemination and online interviews (Feb – June)
  • home visits of up to 20 households (July – Sept)
  • design of ‘data meter’ simulation and possible implementation (Sept – Dec)


December 2021 – December 2022


Dr Luci Pangrazio

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