Approaches to Digital Citizenship from Youth and Adults

Last November I was invited to participate in the conference “Cultura Social Media 2020” organized by the Escuela de Comunicaciones y Periodismo de la Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, in Chile, and delivered, via Zoom, a keynote about youth and digital citizenship. Moreover, I had the opportunity to join Sonia Livingstone in a discussion about how to bring adults and youth people’s citizenship positions closer together that was moderated by Luis Enrique Santana.

This topic has been central to the research projects I have developed in the U.S. and Latin America during the last decade. Hence, the talk and discussion provided me with an opportunity to review some of the work I have done in this space, particularly the work I developed as a post-doc fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center and in collaboration with the Youth and Media team. Furthermore, it allowed me to share some research findings with the Chilean press (e.g. press note on La Tercera newspaper). Below is the outline of my presentation and a link to the online video record.

Towards an Ecology of Digital Citizenships : Fostering the dialogue of knowledges and experiences

1. Agency of children and youth across contexts
1.1. Life in the digital ecosystem
1.2. Multiple contexts

2. Diversity of experience: evolution of inequalities
2.2. Differences of accesses, uses, experiences, practices and benefits
2.2. Three levels of digital inequality

3. Digital citizenship + (plus)
3.1. BKC’ YaM Report
3.2. Concepts of digital citizenship
3.3. Mapping of 35 digital citizenship frameworks
3.4. Learning resources from DCRP

4. Digital economy: challenges for inclusion
4.1. YaM and Nordic Centre´s Report
4.2.  Research agenda

5. Opening spaces of opportunity : Dialogical pedagogy
5.1. Freire´s quote on dialogue
5.2. Clues from Latin American Educomunicacion
5.3. Intergenerational and intersectoral dialogue: knowledge, practices and experiences

6. Conclusions
– Towards an ecology of digital citizenships 
– Space for the dialogue of experiences, practices, and knowledge (situated and local)
– Intergenerational and intersectoral dialogue
– Recognize diversity of youth, identities, social classes, races, genders, geographical contexts.
– Other possible futures

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