As people engage in a digital platform ecosystem where the boundaries blur between leisure, play, and work, what key challenges and opportunities do they face? Who can develop skills through their online activities and benefit from earning different kinds of capital, and who cannot? What are people’s motivations to participate in economic activities online, and how do they vary across gender, race, and socioeconomic background? What can we all learn by taking a closer look at young people in today’s digital economy?
Youth and the Digital Economy: Exploring Youth Practices, Motivations, Skills, Pathways, and Value Creation — a new report and the result of a collaboration between Youth and Media and the Nordic Centre for Internet and Society — highlights both the tremendous opportunities for young people to participate as economic actors as well as the amplification of structural inequalities and the complex risks involved.
The report presents an overview of key issues and three in-depth essays on:
Youth and Capital-Enhancing Activities
Youth and Aspirational Labor
Youth and Virtual Collaboration
If you’re interested in exploring one or more of the emerging research themes addressed in the report and/or would like to work together to create educational activities around young people and the digital economy — you can view existing educational resources on the digital economy here, on the Youth and Media team’s Digital Citizenship+ (Plus) Resource Platform — please feel free to reach out to Youth and Media at email@example.com.