Born Digital (Paperback)

How Children Grow Up in a Digital Age

By John Palfrey, Urs Gasser

Basic Books, 9780465053926, 352pp.

Publication Date: July 12, 2016

List Price: 17.99*
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"An excellent primer on what it means to live digitally. It should be required reading for adults trying to understand the next generation." --Nicholas Negroponte, author of Being Digital

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 Author

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.

Urs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He has written and edited several books and has published over 100 articles in books, law reviews, and professional journals. He's also an advisor to international technology companies on information law matters.

Praise For Born Digital: How Children Grow Up in a Digital Age

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."—Washington Post

"A well-reasoned,
thorough synthesis of some momentous, if familiar, ideas."—New Scientist

"A landmark
sociological study of today's early adults"—Project Information Literacy

blends with social issues and insights in an invaluable pick for a brave new
world, perfect for any discussions or collections strong in social issues,
philosophy or science."—California Book Watch

"Born Digital offers a compelling account
for parents, teachers, policy-makers, lawyers, and technical developers who
want to know more about digital natives online activities and how these are
changing society Palfrey and Gasser present a balanced view, highlighting
problems and calling for solutions Born Digital is timely and

"Palfrey and Gasser's fine early history of this
generation serves as a starting point for any conversation about how to mentor
the children of the Web."—City Journal

"Parents and educators will benefit from Palfrey and
Gasser's discussion of issues like safety, content control and illegal file
sharing."—Publishers Weekly

"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."—Library Journal

"Energetic, expert, and forward-looking, the authors
serve as envoys between the generations. As old institutions crumble, there is
a need for just this sort of enlightening, commonsensical, and positive guide
to digital reality."—Booklist