As part of my job I get to read a lot, benefiting from links shared by colleagues and listed in great newsletters. Rather than just posting them on internal Slack channels, Outlook and sporadic tweets, I’m starting an experiment to share them here. This is a list of curated links at the intersection of digital, children and policy.

1. Google, Meta, and others will have to explain their algorithms under new EU legislation (The Verge)
Great summary of the Digital Services Act’s key issues, including that minors cannot be subject to targeted advertising

2. Does a Toddler Need an NFT? (NY Times)
“The new frontier of children’s entertainment is internet-native cartoon characters selling nonfungible tokens on social-media apps for tots”

3. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel thinks the metaverse is ‘ambiguous and hypothetical’ (The Verge)
“Our big bet is on the real world, and that people really enjoy spending time together in reality.” 250 million people engaging with AR every day in just the Snapchat application.

4. Inside the Metaverse Are You Safe? (Channel 4) (Video, only available in the UK)
“In the metaverse, reporter Yinka Bokinni encounters a thrilling new world, but also a dangerous one, in which some apps expose users to racism, sexually explicit behaviour, and even sexual assault”

5. Apple to roll out child safety feature that scans messages for nudity to UK iPhones (the Guardian)
“Feature that searches messages will go ahead after delays over privacy and safety concerns”

6. Declaration for the Future of the Internet (The White House)
“United States and 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration” – includes safety for children, data protection, fair competition and a trusted digital ecosystem