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Making the case for digital citizenship


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More introductory, pictorial version of "Digital citizenship, briefly," given by Anne Collier at Safer Internet Forum in Luxembourg, October 2011

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Making the case for digital citizenship

  1. 1. Making the Case for Digital Citizenship Anne Collier Executive Director, Editor Co-director
  2. 2. Net in its ‘toddler phase’
  3. 3. A living Internet
  4. 4. Content is social now Pat Gaines
  5. 5. Internet use is fluid Tom Olliver
  6. 6. Net is everywhere Ben Heine
  7. 7. Embedded in ‘real life’
  8. 8. Mirrors offline life Shoko Muraguchi
  9. 9. Risk spectrum reflects life too Marc Dezemery
  10. 10. Social sites like oil rigs?? Calum Davidson
  11. 11. <ul><li>It’s protective </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent with today’s media environment </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes agency – critical thinking, self-actualization (for user-driven media) </li></ul><ul><li>Supports civic engagement online & off </li></ul><ul><li>Turns users into stakeholders (citizens) </li></ul><ul><li>Supports community as well as individual goals, well-being </li></ul>So why digital citizenship?
  12. 12. 5 key elements <ul><li>Rights and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Participation or “civic engagement” </li></ul><ul><li>Norms of behavior or &quot;good citizenship&quot; or etiquette </li></ul><ul><li>A sense of belonging or membership </li></ul><ul><li>Three literacies : tech, media, social </li></ul>
  13. 13. The most basic definition “ The central task of citizenship is learning how to be good to one another.” – A.J. Patrick Liszkiewicz
  14. 14. Proposed definition <ul><li>Citizenship: the rights & responsibilities of full, positive engagement in a participatory world </li></ul><ul><li>Rights – access & participation, free speech, privacy, physical & psychological safety, safety of material and intellectual property </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibilities – respect & civility => self & others; protecting own/others’ rights & property; respectful participation; learning/benefitting from the literacies of a networked world </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Safety and support </li></ul><ul><li>Power – as agents for social good (online & offline) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal success in and with social media and life </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities to collaborate with fellow change agents </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities to co-create the social norms of social media </li></ul><ul><li>Professional training & leadership opportunities online and offline. </li></ul>What’s in it for youth?
  16. 16. <ul><li>Comments from a youth panel last month: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Digital citizenship sounds distant and abstract.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Not taught and practiced in school, so how can we practice it?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Maybe ‘participant’ is a better word than ‘citizen’.” </li></ul>But can youth relate?!
  17. 17. <ul><li>“ If the notion of digital citizenship in policy discourse is to have traction with its constituents and prove effective, it is vital that our understanding and use of the term be directly informed by young people ’ s </li></ul><ul><li>values and insights. ” --Third & Strider, University of Western Sydney </li></ul>No citizenship without the citizens
  18. 18. Thank you! <ul><li>Anne Collier </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>