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By John Palfrey, Urs Gasser

The 1st new release of 'Digital Natives'; kids who have been born into and raised within the electronic international; are coming of age, and shortly our international may be reshaped of their photo. Our economic system, our politics, our tradition, or even the form of our relatives existence may be ceaselessly remodeled. yet who're those electronic Natives? and what's the realm they're growing going to seem like?

In 'Born Digital', best web and expertise specialists John Palfrey and Urs Gasser supply a sociological portrait of those teenagers, who can look, even to these purely a new release older, either terribly refined and surprisingly slim. Exploring a large diversity of matters, from the hugely philosophical to the merely functional, 'Born Digital' could be crucial analyzing for folks, academics, and the myriad of harassed adults who are looking to comprehend the electronic current and form the electronic destiny.

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The digital information that is in the hands of his doctors is likely to stay more or less private over time, whereas the online postings about a Digital Native created by friends and family are immediately in public view and social. The public and the social bits are far more likely to become important parts of Andy’s identity than the bits held by a doctor’s office (though both remain relevant as the story unfolds). The family posts baby pictures of Andy to services like Photobucket, Ofoto, Shutterfly, Facebook, and Flickr.

18 In many cases, young people have moved to these networked public spaces because they feel they have been chased out of other public environments. Young people turn to online social networks as havens from other places that have become, in their view, constrained. 19 These environments allow for identity play, an important part of the developmental or therapeutic stage in overall identity development. The habit among young people of sharing many of the details of their everyday life, on Facebook or on their blogs, is neither random nor un- 0465005154-Palfrey:Layout 1 6/16/08 2:29 PM Page 27 IDENTITIES 27 controlled.

These facts (and files), again, are shared with the pediatrician’s office. Very likely, nothing terrible will happen with the files in Andy’s digital dossier up to this point; at least, one hopes not. With rare exceptions, national standards exist to protect the privacy of personal health information, at least in the United States and Europe. We shouldn’t spend too much time worrying that these particular datasets will fall into the wrong hands. What we ought to care about instead is the pattern that is starting to emerge.

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