Student Privacy, Equity, and Digital Literacy Newsletter

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The Youth and Media Team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Data and Society Research Institute are proud to bring you this Student Privacy, Equity, and Digital Literacy newsletter on a bi-weekly basis. Please let us know if you have suggestions or reflections — thanks for reading!

If you are interested in participating in RErights with a group of young people, please contact Sandra at scortesi [at] or visit:


Young people have rights, right? But who decides what rights they need? How do adult decision makers know what young people want? is part of a project called Children’s Rights in the Digital Age. We are a group of researchers at Western Sydney University and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), working in partnership with Digitally Connected and UNICEF’s Voices of Youth, and other national and international organisations. We are inviting you – young people – to help us explore and define your rights. Wherever you are in the world, we want to hear what you think about digital technology and what you need in your online lives. And we want to make sure that adult decision makers are listening to your voices when they make decisions that will affect you.

How it works:

We will release a series of activities, or “Missions”, that will ask youth about THEIR experience of THEIR rights in a digital age. They can write, take photos, make videos or do drawings to complete these Missions. Youth earn a badge for each one they complete.

Missions are grouped into Operations which explore different themes relating to youth rights: for example should young people have a right to access the internet? Or the right to learn to code? The answers will help researchers understand how young people experience their rights in a digital age.

It is really important that young people’s insights are brought to the attention of adults and decision makers. We hope youth around the globe will tell us their ideas and thoughts. We will listen and find ways to get their voice heard.

  1. [Youth] Sign Up – Create a profile and join our international community of Agents.
  2. [Youth] Report for Duty – Head to the Operations Centre and accept your first Mission.

Information for parents and guardians can be found here.

Ebook [download at no cost]

Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media

An ebook presenting diverse diverse views, experiences, and insights on key challenges and opportunities.

“Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media,” is a first-of-its kind collection of essays that offers reflections from diverse perspectives on youth experiences with digital media and with focus on the Global South.  It creatively combines adult voices with written and visual contributions by young people from around the world.

The ebook is available for download at no cost at:

In this unique ebook, more than 30 academics, practitioners, government officials, tech industry representatives and activists team up with 25 youth contributors to share their views and opinions about digital technologies and the impact the Internet has on young people’s lives. Collectively, the contributors address a series of big questions related to youth and digital media by exploring key topics such as safety and wellbeing; identity, privacy and reputation; skills, literacies, and cultures of learning; creativity; innovation and entrepreneurship; participation and civic engagement; and youth participation and policy.

By making these diverse reflections and youth contributions available to the public, we hope to continue and further stimulate the global conversation about both the challenges and opportunities children and youth face online,” said Urs Gasser, executive director of the Berkman Center and the book’s co-editor.

The ebook is an output of Digitally Connected, an initiative incubated by the Berkman Center in collaboration with UNICEF that brings together a network of people from around the world who, together, are addressing the challenges and opportunities children and youth encounter in the digital environment.

The heart and soul of Digitally Connected is this amazing group of people from all around the globe. Together we aspire to make the Internet an even better place and experience for all children and youth,” said Sandra Cortesi, director of Youth and Media and the book’s co-editor.

Digitally Connected was launched in April 2014 at a first-of-its-kind international symposium on children, youth, and digital media co-hosted by the Berkman Center and UNICEF, in collaboration with PEW Internet, EU Kids Online, the Internet Society (ISOC), the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), and  This event was followed by Conectados al Sur,” a regional (Latin America and Caribbean) symposium on child and youth digital citizenship co-hosted by Argentina’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights through the National Directorate for Personal Data Protection, UNICEF Argentina (with the support of the Division of Communication at UNICEF headquarters), and the Berkman Center. The goal of both events was to debate the challenges and opportunities youth encounter online, map and explore the global and regional state of relevant research and practice, share and discuss global insights and ideas, and encourage collaboration between participants across regions and continents. With a particular focus on voices and issues from the Global South, the events addressed topics such as inequitable access, risks to safety and privacy, skills and digital literacy, spaces for participation, civic engagement, and innovation.


For questions or media inquiries, please contact Youth and Media Director Sandra Cortesi at


Youth and Online News: Reflections and Perspectives

Here at Youth and Media, we’ve been thinking about the present and future of news for a while (and we’re not alone in that). Today, we’re excited to share a series of short essays written by friends and colleagues that offer insightful, provoking, and out-of-the-box reflections and observations at the intersection of news, digital media, and youth.

We hope you’ll enjoy and be inspired by these essays, which reflect the diversity of ideas and perspectives of the Berkman community, with contributions from: Sarah Genner, Erhardt Graeff, Paulina Haduong, Rey Junco, Luis Felipe R. Murillo, Dalia Othman, Geanne Perlman Rosenberg, Emily Robinson, Mayte Schomburg, Brittany Seymour, Hasit Shah, and Sara M. Watson. While some of the essays are closely connected to previous and ongoing Youth and Media research, others reflect personal experiences and observations, or highlight insights gained from other projects.

The essay collection, “Youth and Online News: Reflections and Perspectives,” is available for download through SSRN here:

We hope that this collection, which is a contribution to the Robert M. McCormick Foundation Why News Matters program, will provoke further stimulate the conversation about the news-related challenges and opportunities youth encounter in the digital environment — and we want you to be a part of it!

We welcome your reactions and reflections, and hope you will stay connected with us via and @YouthAndMedia. Thank you for your support!