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Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media

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Sandra Cortesi

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Urs Gasser

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Gameli Adzaho

The Gamelian World Blog

Bruce Baikie

Inveneo

Jacqueline Baljeu

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Matthew Battles

Harvard University

Jacqueline Beauchere

Microsoft Corporation

Elsa Brown

Independent

Jane Burns

Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

Patrick Burton

Centre for Justic & Crime Prevention

Jasmina Byrne

UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti

Maximillion Colombo

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Joe Douillette

Institute of Contemporary Art

Camila Urbina Escobar

Beyond Access

Jorge Flores

PantallasAmigas

Zinelabidine Ghebouli

Independent

Juan Cruz Gonzalez-Allonca

Republic of Argentina - Ministry of Justice

Eric Gordon

Emerson College; Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society

Sarah Groustra

Independent

Max Hertz

Independent

Reynol Junco

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Yasir Khan

Independent

Nicholas Kimeu

Shootback

Dorothea Kleine

University of London - Royal Holloway College

Djordje Krivokapic

University of Belgrade

Viola Kup

USANII LAB

Elif Kuzeci

Bahcesehir University

María Paula Latorre Guzmán

Independent

David Li

Xinchejian Hackerspace

Minu Limbu

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Sonia Livingstone

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Andres Lombana

University of Texas at Austin

Cynthia Massiel

Independent

Claire McCarthy

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Maletsabisa Molapo

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Maria Liliana Mor

The Trust for the Americas

Sarah Newman

Harvard University

Eldad Nutakor

New State & Era

Christopher Onoka

Independent

Chido Onumah

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Ezequiel Passeron

Independent

Katarzyna Pawelczyk

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Ricarose Roque

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Kanyankore Marcel Rudasingwa

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Nishant Shah

Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Luca Simeone

Harvard University

Andrew Siwakwi

Independent

Amanda Third

Western Sydney University

Grace Wang

Independent

Date Written: March 26, 2015

Abstract

Reflecting on the 25th anniversaries of the invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the adoption of the Convention on Rights of the Child by the US General Assembly, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and UNICEF co-hosted in April 2014 — in collaboration with PEW Internet, EU Kids Online, the Internet Society (ISOC), Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), and YouthPolicy.org — a first of its kind international symposium on children, youth, and digital media to map and explore the global state of relevant research and practice, share and discuss insights and ideas from the developing and industrialized world, and encourage collaboration between participants across regions and continents.

With a particular focus on voices and issues from the Global South, the symposium addressed topics such as inequitable access, risks to safety and privacy, skills and digital literacy, and spaces for participation, and civic engagement and innovation. The event also marked the launch of Digitally Connected — an initiative that brings together academics, practitioners, young people, activists, philanthropists, government officials, and representatives of technology companies from around the world who, together, are addressing the challenges and opportunities children and youth encounter in the digital environment. More information about the network (as well as the launch symposium) is available.

This book is one contribution by this growing, global network of collaborators and consists of two parts. The first part brings together a series of reflection pieces in form of short essays written by friends and colleagues who attended the Digitally Connected symposium at Harvard University. The second part consists of a collection of stories, art, and digital media by youth about their experiences online. These creative pieces were submitted through an open call, which consisted of 10 prompts youth could reflect upon.

The contributions in this book reflect the diversity of ideas and perspectives that form the core and spirit of Digitally Connected. Some of the reflection pieces are closely connected to issues discussed at the symposium, others reflect more generally on personal observations and/or opinions, or highlight and discuss insights and learnings from specific studies or concrete projects. By making these reflection pieces and the youth work available to the expanding Digitally Connected network as well as the public at large, we hope to continue and further stimulate the global conversation about both the challenges and opportunities children and youth encounter in the digital environment.

Suggested Citation

Cortesi, Sandra and Gasser, Urs and Adzaho, Gameli and Baikie, Bruce and Baljeu, Jacqueline and Battles, Matthew and Beauchere, Jacqueline and Brown, Elsa and Burns, Jane and Burton, Patrick and Byrne, Jasmina and Colombo, Maximillion and Douillette, Joe and Escobar, Camila Urbina and Flores, Jorge and Ghebouli, Zinelabidine and Gonzalez-Allonca, Juan Cruz and Gordon, Eric and Groustra, Sarah and Hertz, Max and Junco, Reynol and Khan, Yasir and Kimeu, Nicholas and Kleine, Dorothea and Krivokapic, Djordje and Kup, Viola and Kuzeci, Elif and Latorre Guzmán, María Paula and Li, David and Limbu, Minu and Livingstone, Sonia and Lombana, Andres and Massiel, Cynthia and McCarthy, Claire and Molapo, Maletsabisa and Mor, Maria Liliana and Newman, Sarah and Nutakor, Eldad and Onoka, Christopher and Onumah, Chido and Passeron, Ezequiel and Pawelczyk, Katarzyna and Roque, Ricarose and Rudasingwa, Kanyankore Marcel and Shah, Nishant and Simeone, Luca and Siwakwi, Andrew and Third, Amanda and Wang, Grace, Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media (March 26, 2015). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2015-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2585686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2585686

Sandra Cortesi

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Urs Gasser (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

HOME PAGE: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/ugasser.html

Gameli Adzaho

The Gamelian World Blog ( email )

United States

Bruce Baikie

Inveneo ( email )

United States

Jacqueline Baljeu

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF) ( email )

P. O. Box 4884
New York, NY
United States

Matthew Battles

Harvard University ( email )

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Jacqueline Beauchere

Microsoft Corporation ( email )

One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
United States

Elsa Brown

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Jane Burns

Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

17/71 Victoria Crescent
Abbotsford, VIC 3067
Australia
0399371333 (Phone)

Patrick Burton

Centre for Justic & Crime Prevention ( email )

United States

Jasmina Byrne

UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti ( email )

Piazza SS.Annuziata, 12
Florence, I-50122
Italy

Maximillion Colombo

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston ( email )

100 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
United States

Joe Douillette

Institute of Contemporary Art ( email )

United States

Camila Escobar

Beyond Access ( email )

United States

Jorge Flores

PantallasAmigas ( email )

United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.pantallasamigas.net

Zinelabidine Ghebouli

Independent ( email )

No Address Available
Algeria

Juan Gonzalez-Allonca

Republic of Argentina - Ministry of Justice ( email )

Buenos Aires
Argentina

Eric Gordon

Emerson College ( email )

120 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02130
United States
617-824-8828 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://elab.emerson.edu

Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Sarah Groustra

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Max Hertz

Independent ( email )

Reynol Junco

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Yasir Khan

Independent ( email )

Nicholas Kimeu

Shootback ( email )

Nairobi
Kenya

Dorothea Kleine

University of London - Royal Holloway College ( email )

Senate House
Malet Street
London, TW20 0EX
United Kingdom

Djordje Krivokapic

University of Belgrade ( email )

Studentski trg 1
Belgrade, 11000
Serbia

Viola Kup

USANII LAB ( email )

Nairobi
Kenya

HOME PAGE: http://usanii-lab.com/

Elif Kuzeci

Bahcesehir University ( email )

Ciragan Avenue Osmanpaşa Mektebi Sokak No: 4 - 6
Besiktas
Istanbul, 34353
Turkey

María Latorre Guzmán

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

David Li

Xinchejian Hackerspace ( email )

United States

Minu Limbu

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF) ( email )

P. O. Box 4884
New York, NY
United States

Sonia Livingstone

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Andres Lombana

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

Austin, TX 78712
United States

Cynthia Massiel

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Claire McCarthy

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Maletsabisa Molapo

University of Cape Town (UCT) ( email )

Private Bag X3
Rondebosch, 7701
South Africa

Maria Mor

The Trust for the Americas ( email )

1889 F Street NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Sarah Newman

Harvard University ( email )

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Eldad Nutakor

New State & Era ( email )

Christopher Onoka

Independent ( email )

No Address Available
Kenya

Chido Onumah

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

Ezequiel Passeron

Independent ( email )

Katarzyna Pawelczyk

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF) ( email )

P. O. Box 4884
New York, NY
United States

Ricarose Roque

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )

77 Massachusetts Avenue
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States

Kanyankore Rudasingwa

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF) ( email )

P. O. Box 4884
New York, NY
United States

Nishant Shah

Leuphana University of Lueneburg ( email )

Scharnhorststraße 1
Wilschenbrucher Weg 69
Lüneburg, 21335
Germany

Luca Simeone

Harvard University ( email )

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Andrew Siwakwi

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Amanda Third

Western Sydney University ( email )

PO Box 10
Kingswood, NSW 2747
Australia

Grace Wang

Independent ( email )

Hong Kong
China

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