Great article from when the concept of digital citizenship was just emerging. I find it really interesting that the descriptions of who a digital citizen is can still be applied today. so although the technology has changed a lot, the concept has remained the same. The last page is particularly interesting as the author discusses how he thinks digital citizens will change the future.
“Can we build a new kind of kind of politics?” I asked. “Can we construct a more civil society with our powerful technologies?”
“The survey reveals there is indeed a distinct group of Digital Citizens. As I suggested, they’re knowledgeable, tolerant, civic-minded, and radically committed to change. Profoundly optimistic about the future, they’re convinced that technology is a force for good and that our free-market economy functions as a powerful engine of progress.”
“The Internet, it turns out, is not a breeding ground for disconnection, fragmentation, paranoia, and apathy.”
“Digital Citizens are extremely knowledgeable about the world around them.”
“Far from being distracted by technology, Digital Citizens appear startlingly close to the Jeffersonian ideal - they are informed, outspoken, participatory, passionate about freedom, proud of their culture, and committed to the free nation in which it has evolved.”
“The less connected people are, the more ignorant of and alienated from politics they are likely to be.”
interesting too that the four user groups discussed in this article has distinct parallels to the 2001 american Behavioral Scientist article i posted notes from earlier.
are pressures to reconfigure the meaning of citizenship.
The most interesting one on here for me as a designer is Hashable.
(i am surprised to see that Instagram only launched 5 months ago! I used it a lot over summer and because it is so handy, I just assumed someone had thought of it ages ago. )