Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives

Article Source: Basic Books, 2008
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This book features interviews with young people who grew up using digital technology.


Policy Relevance:

Fluency with digital technologies like the Internet might change the way people act.


Key Takeaways:
  • The first generation to routinely use digital communications technology has begun to grow up. They will transform the economy, politics, culture, and family life.

  • Issues include questions about identity, which can have a new meaning to people who have many online profiles and avatars.

  • New rules and expectations have formed about privacy.

  • Safety and violent video games are other common concerns.

  • Creativity and learning can be expected to change as well.



John Palfrey

About John Palfrey

John Palfrey will be Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School during the winter of 2021. He became the president of the MacArthur Foundation in the fall of 2019. Mr. Palfrey is a well-respected educator, author, legal scholar, and innovator with expertise in how new media is changing learning, education, and other institutions.

Urs Gasser

About Urs Gasser

Professor Urs Gasser is Professor of Public Policy, Governance and Innovative Technology, and serves as Rector of the Hochschule für Politik (HfP) and Dean of the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology. His research focuses on the societal and regulatory implications of new technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and quantum technology..