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Share your stories and shape a discussion!

We are creating a forum for youth to get their voices heard in the form of an e-book, which will include creative pieces (essays, drawings, paintings, collages, infographics, comics, poems, etc.) by youth about their experiences online.

We all know that the Internet, digital media, and social networks have changed the way we learn, interact, and create change. Now it’s time for youth to set the conversation and share their experiences.

The Youth and Media Team at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and UNICEF are receiving creative pieces until July 18, 2014, centered around the idea of the Internet and its impact on youth around the world. We are looking for art/digital media from youth to help tell our collective stories in an e-book that will be available online for free.

The creative pieces could include experiences online, interactions with online communities, favorite aspects of the Internet, and/or how the Internet has affected our lives and the lives of people around us. These themes can also be broader in nature, looking into positive changes the Internet and digital media have brought about in society, such as the availability of information, and the ability to communicate, learn, and make friends.

Some prompts could include:

  1. What excites you most about the Internet?
  2. How has the Internet changed your life?
  3. What is the most influential online story you have come across?
  4. Who on the Internet has influenced you most?
  5. How does the internet make you feel connected? Have you ever felt like a part of an internet community? If so, what was that like?
  6. What positive changes have you witnessed in your community and/or country because of the internet?
  7. What role do web based mobile technologies play in your daily life?
  8. If you could add or take away one component of the Internet as it exists now, what would it be?
  9. What do you think is the greatest benefit the Internet grants to its users? How have you experienced this?
  10. If you could draw the Internet, what would it look like?

Again, a written piece could be in the form of a personal essay, a short narrative, and/or a poem. These should ideally be in English and should be between 500 and 1000 words. The visual art piece could be a drawing, a painting, collage, infographic, comic, video, etc.

Find out what we’re looking for and how to submit at: http://www.digitallyconnected.org/how-to-submit/.

Whatever it is you submit, we’d love to see it!

This open call is related to our previous “Digitally Connected” symposium. Find out more about the symposium here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at digitallyconnected@cyber.law.harvard.edu.