Youth and the Digital Economy: Exploring Youth Practices, Motivations, Skills, Pathways, and Value Creation

68 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020

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Andres Lombana-Bermudez

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Sandra Cortesi

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Christian Fieseler

BI Norwegian Business School; Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Urs Gasser

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Alexa Hasse

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Gemma Newlands

BI Norwegian Business School; University of Amsterdam

Sarah Wu

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Date Written: June 2020

Abstract

Young people’s lives are increasingly shaped by digital technologies. While significant digital divides and participation gaps remain, an increasing number of young people around the globe participate in and contribute to the digitally networked environment in many forms, ranging from creative expression on social media to interactive gaming and collaboration. This spotlight explores young people’s digital engagement through the lens of the digital economy and seeks to gain an initial understanding of youth’s practices, motivations, skills, pathways, and modes of value creation as they interact with a digital environment in which the boundaries between the commercial and personal spheres, between work and play, are often blurring. The spotlight summarizes key insights from a trans-Atlantic exploratory research collaboration between Youth and Media at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Nordic Centre for Internet and Society at BI Norwegian Business School. In addition to sketching building blocks toward a framework, the paper brings together three essays that explore in different application contexts both the opportunities and challenges that surface when young people engage with and participate in the digital economy.

Suggested Citation

Lombana-Bermudez, Andres and Cortesi, Sandra Clio and Fieseler, Christian and Gasser, Urs and Hasse, Alexa and Newlands, Gemma and Wu, Sarah, Youth and the Digital Economy: Exploring Youth Practices, Motivations, Skills, Pathways, and Value Creation (June 2020). Berkman Klein Center Research Publication No. 2020-4, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3622572 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3622572

Andres Lombana-Bermudez (Contact Author)

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

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Sandra Clio Cortesi

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

Harvard Law School
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Christian Fieseler

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

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Urs Gasser

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

Harvard Law School
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Alexa Hasse

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

Harvard Law School
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United States

Gemma Newlands

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

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Oslo, 0442
Norway

University of Amsterdam ( email )

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Amsterdam, NE 1018 WB
Netherlands

Sarah Wu

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

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

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