Born digital : understanding the first generation of digital natives / John Palfrey and Urs Gasser.

By: Palfrey, John G. (John Gorham), 1972-Contributor(s): Gasser, UrsMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Basic Books, c2008Description: vii, 375 p. ; 24 cmISBN: 0465005152; 9780465005154Subject(s): Information society -- Social aspects | Information technology -- Social aspects | Technological innovations -- Social aspects | Internet and children | Internet and teenagers | Internet -- Social aspects | Technology -- Social aspects | Digital media -- Social aspectsDDC classification: 302.23/10835 LOC classification: HM851 | .P34 2008Other classification: AP 18450 | ST 205 | AP 18100 | AP 18420 | MS 2350 | MS 6950
Contents:
Identities -- Dossiers -- Privacy -- Safety -- Creators -- Pirates -- Quality -- Overload -- Aggressors -- Innovators -- Learners -- Activists -- Synthesis.
Summary: The most enduring change wrought by the digital revolution is neither the new business models nor the new search algorithms, but rather the massive generation gap between those who were born digital and those who were not. The first generation of "digital natives"--children who were born into and raised in the digital world--is now coming of age, and soon our world will be reshaped in their image. Our economy, our cultural life, even the shape of our family life will be forever transformed. But who are these digital natives? How are they different from older generations, and what is the world they're creating going to look like? Based on original research and advancing new theories, the authors explore a broad range of issues, from the highly philosophical to the purely practical.--From publisher description.
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The most enduring change wrought by the digital revolution is neither the new business models nor the new search algorithms, but rather the massive generation gap between those who were born digital and those who were not. The first generation of "digital natives"--children who were born into and raised in the digital world--is now coming of age, and soon our world will be reshaped in their image. Our economy, our cultural life, even the shape of our family life will be forever transformed. But who are these digital natives? How are they different from older generations, and what is the world they're creating going to look like? Based on original research and advancing new theories, the authors explore a broad range of issues, from the highly philosophical to the purely practical.--From publisher description.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 353-363) and index.

Identities -- Dossiers -- Privacy -- Safety -- Creators -- Pirates -- Quality -- Overload -- Aggressors -- Innovators -- Learners -- Activists -- Synthesis.

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Library Journal Review

Palfrey (law & executive director, Berkmam Ctr. for Internet & Society, Harvard Law Sch.) and Gasser (law & director, Research Ctr. for Information Law, Univ. of Saint Gallen) offer a concerned evaluation of the challenges facing the generation known as digital natives who have grown up immersed in the use of and dependence upon information technology. This book is significant in its prompting of readers to consider that these young men and women are charting new territory and facing challenges that are distinctly unique to their era. This book is a wake-up call and a how-to guide for being a parent or teacher in an era that defies easy understanding. The authors propose circuitous partnerships of digital natives with parents, teachers, mentors, trusted social utilities, and law enforcement that serve as a means to produce a shift in understanding of digital-era challenges, e.g., the potential daily threats it poses to our privacy, safety, identity, and innovation. Ultimately, the book is an accessible survey of many of these as-yet-unsolved Internet dilemmas of our time and is well executed given the immense task of synthesizing the vast corpus of social science concerns relating to the Internet. Recommended especially for public libraries.--Jim Hahn, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Palfrey (Harvard) and Gasser (Univ. of St. Gallen) offer an intriguing perspective on how young adults born after 1980 have been raised in a totally cybernetic age and think differently from their predecessors, who stand in both the pre- and postdigital worlds. The coauthors, both professors of law, demonstrate a commanding grasp of the knowledge base for understanding the changes coming along with the "cybernation" with its near universal Internet availability, omnipresent cell phoning, and digitization of all facets of everyday life. They caution against the dangers of this digital age in which a computer-created identity, made in a whimsical moment, can yield a lasting adverse impact on a person's later life. The authors articulately present many of the dangers linked with this digital age: invasions of personal privacy, online criminals and predators, intellectual piracy, and issues of information quality and overload. Provocative as their initial thesis is, the authors' reliance on focus group and informal interview data from a small number of young people and their intellectual gatekeepers fails to adequately explore their claims of differences between generational cohorts. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. W. Feigelman Nassau Community College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

John Palfrey is Clinical Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He is a regular commentator on network news programs, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, NPR and BBC. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Urs Gasser is an associate professor of law at the University of St. Gallen, where he serves as the director of the Research Center for Information Law, as well as a faculty fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He has published and edited, respectively, six books and has written over fifty articles in books, law reviews, and professional journals. He lives in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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