© 2019 by Keen Initiatives Ltd.

Dr. Caroline Keen

I am a Digital Sociologist with an interest in the social impacts of internet technologies, and the evolving regulatory environment. I collaborate with colleagues in Business Management and Social Science on research projects that focus on technology, society and the development of socially ethical policies and regulation. My doctoral research focused on internet content regulation, in relation to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. 


It is a very exciting time with so much now happening in the area of internet governance in relation to the data rights of individuals globally. Until now, governance in relation to the commercialisation of the internet and related technologies has tended to prioritise tech innovation and a deregulated environment at the expense of individual safety and privacy. This can be problematic when it comes to the wellbeing of children.


I am especially excited to be researching in the area of children's privacy in relation to the now rapid development and commercialisation of data gathering technologies such as smart devices, wearable technologies, the Internet of Things, AI and profiling and predictive analytics.


I am a member of the Privacy Foundation NZ's working group for Children's Privacy.