Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives

Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing

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Urs Gasser and John Palfrey


Basic Books, 2008


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.

Main Points

  • 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.

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