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Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives Paperback – June 22 2010

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  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0465018564
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0465018567
  • Product Dimensions : 14.22 x 2.31 x 21.08 cm
  • Publisher : Basic Books (June 22 2010)
  • Item Weight : 404 g
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.3 out of 5 stars 33 ratings

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From Publishers Weekly

In this critical but optimistic overview, academics Palfrey (of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society) and Gasser (of the Swiss U. of St. Gallen) share their concern about the legal and social ramifications of the Internet with regard to the generation of "Digital Natives" born after 1980. In a wide-ranging examination of "the future opportunities and challenges associated with the Internet as a social space," Palfrey and Gasser find most young people fail to recognize the vulnerability of their information-that internet posts are never really private-and suggest tactful parental and school oversight. They find a more serious problem in the failure of the U.S. to regulate data mining by search engines, which even now have the potential to create cradle-to-grave dossiers on individuals, including online medical and financial records; they compare the U.S. system with Europe's policies, which have put in place much more effective data protection. Parents and educators will benefit from Palfrey and Gasser's discussion of issues like safety, content control and illegal file sharing; with proper attention from them, the authors see a bright future for the Internet that should foster "global citizens" with a "spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and caring for society at large."

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"The authors are knowledgeable but never pedantic...their studious, emphatic approach is both valid and reassuring, and their overarching point - let's think about these things now, rather than trying to fix them later - well taken." The Washington Post "A well-reasoned, thorough synthesis of some momentous, if familiar, ideas."--New Scientist