By John Palfrey, Urs Gasser

The 1st new release of 'Digital Natives'; teenagers who have been born into and raised within the electronic international; are coming of age, and shortly our global should be reshaped of their snapshot. Our economic climate, our politics, our tradition, or even the form of our relations lifestyles should be endlessly reworked. yet who're those electronic Natives? and what's the realm they're growing going to seem like?

In 'Born Digital', major net and expertise specialists John Palfrey and Urs Gasser provide a sociological portrait of those kids, who can appear, even to these simply a new release older, either terribly refined and unusually slender. Exploring a extensive diversity of matters, from the hugely philosophical to the simply useful, 'Born Digital' might be crucial analyzing for folks, academics, and the myriad of careworn adults who are looking to comprehend the electronic current and form the electronic destiny.

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Andy’s digital life begins well before he is born—before he even has a name. The first entry in his digital file is a sonogram that his proud T 0465005154-Palfrey:Layout 1 42 6/16/08 2:29 PM Page 42 BORN DIGITAL parents-to-be affix to the refrigerator, anticipating the happy event of his birth. That same image is recreated in the hospital’s database, the first formal record of Andy’s life. With the shift from analog to digital, it has become cheap and easy to make a copy of just about any file.

So, too, is the ability to use new technologies to aggregate and to search across multiple datasets to pull together a more accurate picture of an individual. And the fact that young people, whether Digital Natives or not, are setting out with such little control over their digital dossiers, right from the start, means that the information explosion could have a greater impact on their lives in years to come than it will have for their parents and grandparents. There’s a big difference between a digital identity and digital dossier.

For many teenagers in the United States, MySpace is the primary tool for flirtation, relationships, and day-to-day communication. As one group of high-school students told us, a MySpace page plays many roles, and the stakes of participation are high: FEMALE 1: Because [on MySpace] you can, you know, communicate with your friends, you know, be funny, things like that. FEMALE 2: Learn about different things, too. Like it’s not just like playing all the time. FEMALE 1: Express yourself. FEMALE 3: You have to express yourself I think is like one of the biggest parts.

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