“Preparing the Young for Japan’s Global Future: Opportunities in Digital Literacy” @IAMCR 2016


%e5%86%99%e7%9c%9f7-10-%e4%bb%b2%e9%96%93%e3%82%a6%e3%83%81%e6%97%85%e8%a1%8cWe live in a rapidly changing social environment. It has been called as “The fourth industrial revolution” because new communication technologies such as global social media, smartphone, wearable computer, AI, big data, robot, and IoT (internet of things) have been emerged. These developments are experienced both on a local and global scale, bringing with them both risks and opportunities, particularly to children and young people who are often their most avid consumers. In this paper, I shall demonstrate through my ethnographic data that this has implications for questions of children’s rights.

My ethnographic research on Japanese engagement with media and ICT in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area started in 2000 and I had since extended the research to cover the newer developments and to include a comparative dimension. Fieldwork on young people and digital media was extended to the UK and the US in 2010 and 2011. The results demonstrated multi-dimensional audience engagement with mobile social media in terms of both the opportunities (connectivity, access, critical, tactics, collaboration, share and participation) and the risks (cyber bullying and defamation, infringement of privacy, hacking and stalking, over-dependency and addiction) of such engagement.

In this paper, I will focus on the opportunities of audience engagement in terms of digital literacy. I will demonstrate how the opportunities given by their engagement with mobile social media can promote children’s rights in the contemporary Japanese society.

Takahashi, T. “Preparing the Young for Japan’s Global Future: Opportunities in Digital Literacy” 2016 Preconference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), ‘Children’s and Young People’s Rights in the Digital Age’, LSE, UK, July 2016.

Children’s and Young People’s Rights in the Digital Age


About Toshie Takahashi

Toshie Takahashi is Professor in the School of Culture, Media and Society, Waseda University, Tokyo. She was appointed faculty fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, 2010-2011 and, before that, visiting research fellow at the Department of Education in the University of Oxford. Her current research is an ethnography in youth engagement with digital media in US, UK and Japan. She has been appointed to the technology advisory committee of The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020. 【早稲田大学文学学術院教授。東京大学大学院博士課程単位取得満期退学。英国LSE大学院Ph.D.取得 (博士号:メディア・コミュニケーション)。オックスフォード大学やハーバード大学と「若者とデジタル・メディア」に関する国際共同研究を行う。東京オリンピック・パラリンピック競技大会組織委員会テクノロジー諮問委員会委員。】
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