A new revised edition of BORN DIGITAL has been published by Basic Books after original publication in 2008.
The first generation of children who were born into and raised in the digital world are coming of age and reshaping the world in their image. Our economy, our politics, our culture, and even the shape of our family life are being transformed. But who are these wired young people? And what is the world they’re creating going to look like? In this revised and updated edition, leading Internet and technology experts John Palfrey and Urs Gasser offer a cutting-edge sociological portrait of these young people, who can seem, even to those merely a generation older, both extraordinarily sophisticated and strangely narrow. Exploring a broad range of issues—privacy concerns, the psychological effects of information overload, and larger ethical issues raised by the fact that young people’s social interactions, friendships, and civic activities are now mediated by digital technologies—Born Digital is essential reading for parents, teachers, and the myriad of confused adults who want to understand the digital present and shape the digital future.
About the book, Nicholas Negroponte, author of Being Digital writes, “Born Digital offers an excellent primer on what it means to live digitally. It should be required reading for adults trying to understand the next generation.”
John Palfrey is Head of School at Phillips Andover Academy. He is a faculty director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He has published extensively on the Internet’s relationship to Intellectual Property, international governance, and democracy. He chairs the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, made up of leading Internet service companies and nonprofit groups focused on children’s safety. He is a regular commentator on network news programs, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, NPR and BBC.