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By John Palfrey, Urs Gasser

The 1st new release of 'Digital Natives'; young children who have been born into and raised within the electronic global; are coming of age, and shortly our international could be reshaped of their snapshot. Our financial system, our politics, our tradition, or even the form of our relatives existence may be without end reworked. yet who're those electronic Natives? and what's the realm they're developing going to seem like?

In 'Born Digital', best web and expertise specialists John Palfrey and Urs Gasser supply a sociological portrait of those youth, who can appear, even to these purely a new release older, either terribly refined and surprisingly slim. Exploring a huge variety of concerns, from the hugely philosophical to the only useful, 'Born Digital' may be crucial analyzing for fogeys, lecturers, and the myriad of pressured adults who are looking to comprehend the electronic current and form the electronic destiny.

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The way that Andy’s digital dossier emerges demonstrates the problem about an individual’s control over one’s identity in a digital age. Some of the 0465005154-Palfrey:Layout 1 6/16/08 2:29 PM Page 45 DOSSIERS 45 places where data about Andy is stored are protected; others are quite open, to groups of “friends” (say, in Facebook) or to the whole world (via a search engine). It is crucial for users to understand the context for each place, as the most sophisticated of the Digital Natives realize.

27 Just as there are reasons to be excited about identity development in the digital age, there are reasons, too, for concern. One of the big differences between what Digital Natives are doing in creating and experimenting with their identities and in interacting with their peers online, and what their parents did as teens talking on the telephone, or hanging out at the local mall, is that the information that today’s youth are placing into digital formats is easily accessed by anyone, including people whom they do not know.

One of the long-standing debates in the literature of identity turns on the question of multiplicity. 4 The common thread among the many competing theories of identity is that people tend to have multiple self-representations—different levels of both personal and social identities—that together form a whole. In focus groups and interviews, most Digital Natives revealed that they had multiple selfrepresentations. Where they disagreed was on what these multiple selfrepresentations meant for identity: Some saw themselves as having one or more “identities” in the converged online and offline worlds, whereas others perceived themselves as having only one identity that was expressed in both contexts.

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