Horizon CDT Research Highlights

Research Highlights

Impact of legal digital literacy on rights and citizenship

  Rachel Saunders (2020 cohort)   www.rejserin.com

Key objectives:

This research aims to use the lens of legal digital literacy to explore how information intersects through a digital network, and examine how legal digital literacy impacts citizenship.


This research aims to explore how a lack of legal digital literacy impacts the Arentian notion of citizenship and erosion of a person’s rights. Drawing from the research of Sonia Livingston, Kimble Crenshaw, and Richard Kern, this work is grounded in intersectional theory and social actor network theory. It seeks to harness their research to better understand digital lives by examining the information flows across digital technologies.

Data feminism is integral to this research, examining digital lives in a rounded intersectional manner. This enables a deeper understanding of both the lives of those examined, accounting for as many facets of identity as possible within the scope of the research.

Novel methodology:

This research utilises a quantitative/qualitative methodology drawing on the lived experiences of uses to better understand how information flows between actors and machine actants within digital networks. By harnessing econometric modelling, this research seeks to establish a baseline from which policy can be suggested and future research conducted.

This author is supported by the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Nottingham (UKRI Grant No. EP/S023305/1).