Digital Economy

[Last updated: May 2020]

Digital Economy: The ability to navigate economic activities online and offline to earn different forms of economic, social, and/or cultural capital (e.g., earning money, increasing social connections, building personal brands).

Young people’s lives are increasingly shaped by digital technologies. While significant digital divides and participation gaps remain, an increasing number of young people around the globe participate in and contribute to the digitally networked environment in many forms, ranging from creative expression on social media to interactive gaming and collaboration.

The YaM team is exploring young people’s digital engagement through the lens of the digital economy and hopes to gain an initial understanding of youth’s practices, motivations, skills, pathways, and modes of value creating as they interact with a digital environment in which the boundaries between the commercial and personal spheres, between work and play, are often blurring.

Flagship publication:

Ongoing collaboration:

Key learning resources:

The learning resource “Who Do You Want to Be?” is available in over 35 languages! To view the translations, please scroll down to “All Languages.” Additional languages will be added over time.

To learn about how to navigate our Digital Citizenship+ (Plus) Resource Platform — home to an evolving collection of 100+ educational tools (e.g., learning experiences, visualizations, podcasts) that can be used to learn and teach about youth’s digitally connected lives — please see the following slidedeck, presented at RightsCon Tunis 2019. The presentation also offers helpful tips in terms of adapting the tools to your context.

Other publications:

Selected presentations:

(For more information, please email Sandra Cortesi.)